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Walking Towards Good Health

Do you feel heavy? Sluggish? Out of shape? Generally unwell? If so, go walking!

Sitting is the new smoking, according to James A. Levine, a Mayo Clinic physician, whose now-popular phrase speaks to the way our culture’s sedentary lifestyle is ruining our health.

More than 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Walking is activity that’s great for everyone from you and me to Diana Nyad, the 67 year-old endurance athlete.

She said, “unlike swimming, cycling or running, which require special equipment and can be hard on the body, walking is the perfect way to get fit and improve your well-being. It’s a low-impact activity that almost anyone can do: young, old, fat, thin, rich or poor.”

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

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