3 Benefits of Walking for Exercise

Today’s challenge is a 45-minute power walk!!!

As one of the oldest and simplest forms of exercise, walking has countless benefits for the ☝mind, body and soul. Sadly its importance is often overlooked.

Walking used to be the primary means of transportation for humans, yet modern technology has changed all that. 

Now we have to make a concerted effort to get in enough walking, and though some workplaces are making an effort to incorporate it into their culture through things like walking meetings and treadmill desks, we still have a long way to go to fully incorporate this vital human activity back into the societal equation.

☀Do your part and get out there today! ☀

Here are 3 Benefits for Walking for Exercise and why you should walk as much as possible:

  1. Walking helps fight off colds and flu, reduces risk of chronic diseases, and slows the aging process.
  2. According to ACSM, a brisk 30-45 min walk 5x per week lowers risk of stroke 27%, reduces the incidence of high BP by 40%, and reduces risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 40%.
  3. ACSM also states that walking can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy.

Famous poets, philosophers, former presidents like Thomas Jefferson and other leaders alike (including Jesus himself) all revered walking for its many many benefits.

“Do not lose your desire to walk; every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”

~ Soren Kierkegaard ☺

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