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Walk Your Way To Fitness: 7 Health Benefits Of Walking

Walk Your Way To Fitness: 7 Health Benefits Of Walking

Are you one of those people who hates to work out and never liked sports? Don’t worry! There is still one type of exercise that you can do that’s easy to do, burns fat and gets you fit – walking!

Recent research has shown that walking can help reduce the risk of diabetes, lower cholesterol – even improve your mood! We’re taking a look here at 7 of the most important health benefits that walking has to offer...

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    Lowers The Odds Of Obesity

    If you have a genetic predisposition to obesity, spending one hour a day walking at a brisk pace can reduce the influence of those genes by half. So say scientific studies done at the Harvard School of Public Health.

    In contrast, those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle – described as watching up to four hours of television daily – increased the effect of the “obesity gene” by as much as 50 percent!

    On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle marked by watching television four hours a day increased the genetic influence to obesity by 50 percent!

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    Burns Excess Body Fat

    Even those who are don’t have the genetic predisposition to obesity can benefit from walking regularly.

    Recent studies out of Canada have shown that women who walked 10K steps or more each day saw a decrease in weight and in body fat percentage.

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    Boosts Your "Good" Cholesterol

    In study after study, it’s been shown that walking each day (300 calories worth) can reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol, the kind associated with a healthy heart.

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    Reduces Fatigue

    People who lead a sedentary lifestyle and are suffering from fatigue reported an increase in energy and much less fatigue after beginning a program of low intensity exercise which involved walking, according to a study from the University of Georgia.

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    Boosts The Mood

    Physical benefits aren’t the only ones we get from walking. Studies with depressed patients have shown that only 30 minutes walking a day is enough to improve the mood.

    What’s more, the same study (which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine), shows that walking actually shows faster results than antidepressants because of the endorphins that walking releases into the body.

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    Increases The Libido

    A study of women between the ages of 45 and 55 year showed that those who took a brisk walk each day not only had increased sexual appetite, they enjoyed lovemaking more.

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    Reduces The Risks Of Breast Cancer

    A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that women who became regular walkers after diagnosis had a 45% greater chance of surviving breast cancer when compared to women who remained sedentary.

    The study, from researchers at Yale University, also discovered that women who had exercised in the year previous to their diagnosis had a 30% great chance of surviving the cancer as opposed to those who hadn’t exercised. A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that women who became regular walkers after diagnosis had a 45% greater chance of surviving breast cancer when compared to women who remained sedentary.

    The study, from researchers at Yale University, also discovered that women who had exercised in the year previous to their diagnosis had a 30% great chance of surviving the cancer as opposed to those who hadn’t exercised.

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