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Walk into your New Year’s resolution

Original content submitted by The Brummitt Group 

 

Well, 2018 is off to a quick start. And with the new year comes new resolutions.

According to a study conducted by ABC news, more than half of Americans make new year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of them follow through with those commitments over the course of the year. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions focus on fitness, weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle.

If you are among the over 50 percent of Americans who have set a healthy fitness goal for 2018, why not set yourself up for success? Choose a fitness resolution that is attainable and not so far from your normal routine. All you need to do is expand on an activity we all participate in every single day: walking.

Walking does not require you to sign up for a gym membership you may never use. It is free, modifiable and can be done anywhere. It allows you to spend time with companions and enjoy the outdoors, while also getting your body moving and creating a happier, healthier you for 2018. If you still need some convincing, here are multiple ways walking is beneficial to your health.

Walking allows you to:

  • Lose Weight – Walking just 30 minutes a day can help you burn calories and lower your weight while also curbing snack cravings.
  • Strengthen your Heart – Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke while lowering cholesterol.
  • Control High Blood Pressure – Moderate intensity walking helps lower your blood pressure as effectively as jogging.
  • Improve Memory Function & Prevent Dementia – Increasing cerebral blood flow helps prevent brain shrinkage and lowers risk of vascular disease.
  • Boost your Mood & Gives you Energy – Walking releases endorphins, reduce stress levels, and reduces stress and anxiety.
  • *Reduce Risk of Cancer – Women who walk 7 hours each week are 14% less likely to develop breast cancer and Men who walk briskly for a minimum of 3 hours each week reduce risk for prostate cancer.
  • Improve sleep – Quality of sleep is improved because melatonin production is boosted while walking.
  • Reduce Pain – Arthritis pain can be reduced by walking one hour each day and mobility can be improved.

Hopefully, more than one of these reasons catches your eye.  With so many great benefits to your health, there really isn’t a reason not to increase your daily step count.  So get yourself a pedometer and get your 10,000 steps in each day!  Your body will thank you and you will be well on your way to achieving that new year’s fitness resolution.

 

*Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

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