In Part I of this series, I introduced this definition of health, “The state of being free from illness or injury.” When it comes to how and why walking creates that state, many women are familiar with the physical health benefits realized by our bodies.
I’m a huge fan of these benefits because walking truly is the magic pill we’ve all been looking for in terms of how to have a healthy body. Here at 1MWW there are two walking components to our walking Practice:
Taking mini-walks throughout the day to avoid the damage done by excessive sitting.
Going for a brisk 25-minute daily walk.
Mini-walks (optimally a 5-minute walk after every 30 minutes spent sitting) create a solid foundation for your health by offsetting the damage done to your body from sitting. (Learn more about that here.) A brisk 25-minute daily walk is a walk that’s fast enough in pace that you can’t sing but you can still talk. I recommend a lunch time walk, especially for 9-5 working women.
When put together these two simple steps bring you the following benefits:
Reducing your risk of heart disease up to 40%. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. This alone is a great reason to get your walk on!
Improving your metabolism, which allows you to manage your weight.
Burning an extra 1,000-3,000 calories per week.
Lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL (good cholesterol).
Increasing your bone density.
Maintaining healthy joints.
Toning your legs and core. (Core muscles include your abdominals and your pelvic floor muscles.)
Lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, asthma, and certain cancers.
Reducing back/shoulder/neck/hip and joint pain.
That’s a substantial list of benefits that add up to a greatly improved quality of life. And I have to say, that’s the tip of the iceberg. Walking treats or prevents over 40 diseases. If the pharmaceutical industry was able to package up all of the benefits derived from walking and put them into a single pill, that pill would be priceless! But you can have them all for free. That’s the beauty of walking.
Next week we’ll dive into the mental benefits derived from walking. Walking truly is a miracle “drug”—that’s why it’s the #1 prescribed doctor prescribed exercise. In the meantime, move more and take a brisk 25-minute daily walk. You’ve got some great reasons already!
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