Walking Can Prolong & Enrich Your Life

Posted on March 23rd, 2013

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love walking and recommend it not only to my grief clients but to anyone who will listen. Walking is one form of exercise that we can engage in all of our lives, as long as we have mobility and are lucid. It doesn't require equipment, gasoline, fancy clothing--it just requires us to put on our tennis shoes and open the front door.

There is a wonderful article from   www.americawalks.org about walking and health that I want to share with you:

THE NEXT BIG HEALTH CARE BREAKTHROUGH —
which could cut rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon
cancer, and Alzheimer’s by at least 40 percent
and save Americans over $100 billion a year — comes from a place
you’d least expect. On your block. In the park. At the
mall. Everywhere.

So what’s this amazing treatment, which also happens
to be easy, enjoyable and virtually free? It’s as simple as
taking a walk.“Walking is like medicine for my patients,” Dr. Bob
Sallis — a Kaiser Permanente family practitioner from
Fontana, California — told a group of health, business,
education, transportation and government leaders
who came together in Washington, D.C. in December
to advance a national walking movement. Dr. Sallis
described the “linear relationship” between how much
time his patients spend walking and their overall health
after he prescribes regular walks. “If walking was a pill or
surgical procedure, it would be on
60 Minutes.”

“Being physically active is one of the most important
things people of all ages can do for their health,”
declared Joan Dorn of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), noting that walking is rated as
American adults’ favorite physical activity and that doing
it for as little as 30 minutes a day is one way to achieve
significant health benefits.US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin used the
meeting to announce she will issue a “Call to Action on Walking”
aimed at helping Americans improve their
health by walking more. Dr. Benjamin explained, “Walking
is safe, simple and doesn’t require practice or fancy gear.”
A number of people compared her announcement to the
historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report on the dangers
of tobacco, which sparked a national movement that
reduced smoking from 50 percent of adults at that time
to less than 20 percent today."

So, lace up those tennies and let's get walking. :)


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