Mind, Body, Spirit Connections

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Health Tip - Get moving~

 Benefits of Walking~

Andy and I have renewed our commitment to walk! We are on day 8 of walking three and a half miles in the morning. We drag our moaning, groaning bodies out of bed at 6am, throw on some clothes half asleep, brush our teeth, and head out into the night. I love walking early when it is still dark. The moon is out and the very last of the stars are hanging on for dear life. About a mile into our walk, the sky beigns to change colors and we welcome the sun and blue sky.

I feel better too. Something about starting my day with fresh air, physical exercise, and the opportunity to engage with Andy -- planning our day, dissecting our bizarre dreams, or fantasizing about how we would spend and share the Power Ball winnings (smile).

If I haven't convinced you of the many benefits of walking, read on...

•It reduces your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke

•It lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes

•It lowers high blood pressure (hypertension)

•It protects against falling and bone fractures in older adults

•It may help protect against certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer

•It increases the number of calories your body uses, which helps to control your weight

•It helps control joint swelling and pain from arthritis.

•Helps keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy

•Reduces anxiety and depression, boosting your mood

•Helps you handle stress

•Helps you feel more energetic

•Helps you sleep better

•Improves your self-esteem

•Gives you an opportunity to socialize actively with friends and family.

Dust off those walking shoes~

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