How to include a WALKING AND HIKING PRACTICE in your Pathology Prevention plans.
Why should you start walking for heart health? Walking doesn't get the respect it deserves, either for its health benefits, its value for transportation, or its role in recreation. Increasing your physical activity by walking is an important step towards a healthier life. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States and increasing physical activity can help prevent and manage disease. Walking is an easy way for most adults to be more active and may help people at risk for CVD avoid inactivity, increase their physical activity levels, and improve their cardiovascular health. People who are physically active can live longer and have a lower risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression, some cancers, and even joint pain. If you are currently inactive, a walking program can be a good way to increase physical activity.
Never mind fitting into skinny jeans: True health means feeling as good as you look. Ordinary guys often assume that less intense exercise is a waste of time. The benefits of physical activity depend on three elements: the intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise. Because walking is less intensive than running, you have to walk for longer periods, get out more often, or both to match the benefits of running. Mix and match to suit your health, abilities, personal preferences, and daily schedules. Walk, jog, bike, swim, garden, golf, dance, or whatever, as long as you keep moving. Remember that Einstein himself explained, "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Walking about 150 minutes a week (in other words, just 20 a day) can help you sidestep many common diseases. That’s because regular exercise helps you manage your weight, which reduces your risk of breast, bladder, esophageal, kidney, liver, pancreatic and uterine cancers.
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