A few reasons to take up walking

  1. Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
  2. Walking for 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by eight percent, according to research from the University of Leceister. Walking for 40 minutes can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease up to 18 to 20 percent.
  3. The average cost of operating a car for one year is £4216, the cost of operating a bicycle for a year is only £97. Walking is free
  4. One mile is about 2,000 steps, or a 20-minute walk
  5. Walking increases the blood flow to the brain. A 1999 study of people over 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace increased their thinking skills
  6. Studies have found that taking a moderately-paced walk can instantly improve your mood.
  7. Walking just 20 mins a day can reduce your risk of premature death by a staggering one-third.
  8. Walking after each meal can help lower your blood sugar and reduce your risk for type-2 diabetes.

 

 

 

Extra reading on the topic of walking and its benefits:

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/want-to-improve-your-mood-go-for-a-walk/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Walking-Your-steps-to-health

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/july/2018pokemon-go-could-ease-type-2-diabetes-burden2019

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/lack-of-exercise-responsible-for-twice-as-many-deaths-as-obesity

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/an-hour-of-moderate-exercise-a-day-enough-to-counter-health-risks-from-prolonged-sitting

Bakrania K, Edwardson CL, Bodicoat DH, Esliger D, Gill J, Kazi A, Velayudhan L, Sinclair AJ, Sattar N, Khunti K, Biddle S, Davies MJ, and Yates T. Associations of mutually exclusive categories of physical activity and sedentary time with markers of cardiometabolic health in English adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the Health Survey for England. BMC Public Health (2016) 16:25 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2694-9

 

 

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