Walking for the health of it
So you had it out with someone at work today. Or let’s say the dog really did eat your flip-chart presentation and you have to start over. Whatever the crisis of the day is, what’s one thing you can readily do to ease anxiety and stress? You guessed it—walk it off. Sure you’ve g.this all before, right? But let’s face it: you really don’t need an instruction manual, and in just minutes a day—in less time that you’re favorite TV sitcom, you can do what you already do daily and are an expert at.

In case you forgot what it can do for you in little to no time, here are some of the (short) and long-term perks of walking.

Get it pumping. The far-reaching benefits you’ve heard about are true. Walking protects against dementia by improving blood flow to the brain; it builds endurance and improves heart and lung capacity; boosts the immune system; builds stronger muscles and supports joints; eases arthritis symptoms and depression; and increases metabolism. So why aren’t you walking again?

The 15/2 equation. Do you know if you walked for one hour per week it can combat the onset of heart disease, diabetes and cancer? According to experts just 15 minutes of brisk walking daily can add at least 2 years to your life expectancy. That’s shorter than your favorite show and you can do it on your lunch break, before work, or after dinner.

Suit up and go. Even walking slowly will burn approximately 100 calories (depending on your metabolism, body type and other factors, of course) but still it’s a simple way to begin working out again if you haven’t done so in a while. Be sure to invest in some steady, well-supported sneakers that fit comfortably and dress for the weather.

Do you walk as part of a health regime? How often do you walk and for how long? What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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