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Do you know that walking is very importance for human health?

There’s a plenty of research that indicates that walking is good for you. Up until the past 120 years, walking was the primary way we got around in local areas. Here are some reasons you should include walking in your daily routine:

1- Walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.

2- Walking strengthens your heart. For men a recent study found mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day. For women, those who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.

3- Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!

4- Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.

5- Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.

6- Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Many of these benefits are probably no surprise. After all, thousands of studies prove that exercise is good for you, and we’ve been hearing that for years. But in the past decade, exercise scientists have taken a different approach to studying physical activity. Instead of the benefits, they have been looking at the negative aspects of being a couch potato. Study after study shows that sitting is not good for your health or fitness. For example, researchers showed that people who reported sitting “almost all of the time” died sooner from cardiovascular disease than people who reported sitting “almost none of the time,” ¼, ½, or ¾ of the time, and they did so in what’s called a “dose-response” manner. This means that the more you sit the more likely you are to die prematurely.

Now get this. One study showed that for “every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 the viewer’s life expectancy was reduced by 21.8 minutes”!

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