Six Good Reasons to Take a Hike

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Of necessity, our shoeless ancestors traveled everywhere on foot, which science tells us now is the very best mode of transportation from a wellness point of view.

Forget about personal trainers, kickboxing lessons and gym memberships. Walking really is good for you. In fact, studies of the human anatomy show that our bodies are designed for walking long distances. And the benefits of doing so can be huge.

Prevent Illness – A recent diabetes prevention program for overweight people showed that walking just 150 minutes each week can decrease the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60%. Walking is good for your internal organs, too, lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and even colon cancer.

Lose Weight – Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis had groups of seniors walking 45 minutes several times a week. Both men and women had lost weight, especially in the abdominal area.

Build Strength & Stamina – Start by walking 20 minutes three times a week then increase your time to 30 minutes. You’ll soon feel more energetic and fit. Then add an extra session or two. The goal is to get to five sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each per week, then you can start increasing your pace.

Avoid Injury – Unlike jogging or running, walking is a low impact activity. It is safer than cycling or inline skating, too, as accidents are much less likely to occur at low speeds and without equipment that can malfunction.

Have Fun – Some walkers listen to music on headphones as they walk. Others simply enjoy taking in the scenery. Many find that walking with a friend, a pet or a group of other pedestrians, such as mall walkers, helps make their strolls more fun.

Save Money – Walking is the least expensive way to get a good cardiovascular aerobic workout. You don’t need a health club or home treadmill. The only necessary investment is time, although buying a pair of good walking shoes is highly recommended and a pedometer to measure distance covered is also a useful companion.

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