9 Benefits of Taking a Daily Walk Brought to you by contemporary retirement coaching

It's not necessary to train like an Olympic athlete to be healthy. In fact, too much exercise is actually less healthy. The maximum health benefits from exercise can be reached with a modest routine. Doing more will make you fitter, but not healthier. You also increase the likelihood of injury - especially if, like me, you're not as young as you used to be.

Walking is natural activity that almost anyone can do. There are numerous health benefits to be gained from regular, brisk walking. Your overall health, brain health, and mental health are all enhanced by walking (and it doesn't do your waistline any harm either!).

Walk your way to good health:

1. Control blood glucose levels. A 15-minute walk after a meal has been shown to lower blood sugar in those with glucose control issues. The risk of type-2 diabetes is lowered by 60% in those that walk daily.

2. Enhance brain health. Walking has been shown to boost grades, memory, and creativity. Who knew you could get smarter, slimmer, and healthier from the simple act of taking a walk?

3. Walking is a great opportunity to think and make decisions. A brisk walk takes you out of your home or office. A change in scenery can clear your mind and provide the mental space necessary to make a wise decision.

4. Strengthen your heart. Even a modest pace is enough to keep your heart in good shape. Walking has been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. It's also good for your blood pressure. And it reduces your risk of heart attacks and stroke. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes.

5. Control weight. A walk won't undo the ravages of a triple bacon cheeseburger, but it does burn a few calories. More importantly, walking helps to keep your metabolism in shape. Excess calories are dealt with more effectively.

6. Walking is cheap and easy. Aside from a pair of shoes, you don't need anything to go for a walk. There's no complex skill to learn or expensive equipment to purchase. Walking is an option for nearly anyone, regardless of age or current fitness level. It's easy on your joints and carries a minimal risk of injury.

7. Lift your mood. If you're feeling a bit down, a short walk can give a needed boost to your morale. Those that walk regularly report having better moods than those that don't.

8. Reduce stress. Take a walk the next time you're feeling stressed. Walking attacks stress in two ways. It can take your mind off your challenges. It also helps metabolize the biochemicals that create the physiological feelings and symptoms of stress.

9. Increase your lifespan. The number of years you can expect to gain from 2.5 hours of walking each week is at least 3 - 4. Not bad results from an activity that most people find enjoyable.

The New Year is right around the corner. Imagine how much you could strengthen your health with a New Year's resolution to walk for 30 minutes at least four times each week. Let go of your belief that you need to sweat and strain at the gym to be healthy. Exercise can be more comfortable than that.

Add a daily walk to your routine. After dinner is an ideal time as it helps with your digestion before you go to bed. If you have family or friends close by, drag them out with you for a stroll each evening. You'll all benefit and enjoy the time spent together.

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