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Advantage of eight benefits of walking
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There is an easy way to get – and stay healthy. Almost anyone can do it, it fits into just about any schedule, and best of all, it can be done alone (enjoying nature?) or with company (catching up with your neighbor or sister?).

It isn’t a miracle cure, but at times it sure seems like it. If you’re tired and don’t feel like exercising, once you start, you’ll feel so much better. What is this amazing way to achieve and maintain your health? Walking!

I know, it sounds too simple. But – here are some statistics:

Reduce your risk of breast cancer by 20 percent, heart disease by 30-40percent, and diabetes and stroke by 50 percent just by walking 30-60 minutes a day.

But that’s not all, you also can:

• Raise your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (which is the good cholesterol).

• Lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (which is the bad cholesterol)

• Lower your blood pressure.

• Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

• Maintain lean muscle.

• Increase cardiovascular endurance.

• Reduce the pain and joint swelling that accompanies arthritis.

• Increase weight loss and reduce body fat.

If you want to live healthier longer, start now with daily walking or exercise.

Medical spotlight

A study in the November 14, 2005, “Archives of Internal Medicine” showed that exercise levels directly related to years lived without cardiovascular disease.

It found a moderate level of physical activity, such as walking 30 minutes a day, lengthened life by 1.3 years and added 1.1 more years without cardiovascular disease, compared with those with low activity levels. Those who chose a high physical activity level gained 3.7 years of life and added 3.3 more years without cardiovascular disease.

If you are walking at 3.5 mph, in one hour you will burn an amount of calories equal to twice your pounds of body weight. Take that amount of calories and divide it by 3.5 to see how many calories you burn per mile. So, happy walking.

This article was provided by Laura Morelli, an orthopedic specialist at The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers, 1660 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, Clearwater.
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