BENEFITS OF WALKING ! (Post No.3957)

Compiled by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 31 May 2017

 

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Post No.3957

 

 

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The benefits of walking could not be enumerated in a single essay.

Dr Mercola has empahsised the following points which is worth reading:

 

 

If you want to add seven years to your lifespan, set aside 20 to 25 minutes for a daily walk. This simple habit, which can also arguably be one of the most enjoyable parts of your day, has been found to trigger an anti-aging process and even help repair old DNA.

 

The research, presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, followed 69 people between the ages of 30 and 60. Those who engaged in daily moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk or jog, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and strength training experienced anti-aging benefits that could add an additional three to seven years to your life.1

 

The researchers recommended a 20-minute daily walk to reap these benefits.

As noted by Katy Bowman, a scientist and author of the book, Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement

 

 

“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human.”

 

As mentioned, walking may help to slow down the aging process, and it works no matter what age you get started. Study author Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, told The Independent:

 

“We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.”

 

Harvard Medical School lists out the five benefits of walking as follows:

 

  1. It counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes.

Harvard researchers looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes actually contribute to body weight. They then discovered that, among the study participants who walked briskly for about an hour a day, the effects of those genes were cut in half.

 

  1. It helps tame a sweet tooth.

A pair of studies from the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. And the latest research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a variety of sugary snacks.

 

 

  1. It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.

Researchers already know that any kind of physical activity blunts the risk of breast cancer. But an American Cancer Society study that zeroed in on walking found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week. And walking provided this protection even for the women with breast cancer risk factors, such as being overweight or using supplemental hormones.

 

 

  1. It eases joint pain.

Several studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain, and that walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking protects the joints — especially the knees and hips, which are most susceptible to osteoarthritis — by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them.

 

 

  1. It boosts immune function.

Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.So why should not we walk everyday at least for 30 minute.

****                                                                                                      Thanks to Dr Mercola and Harvard Medical School  and all the sites belonging to them /publishing their findings

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2 Comments

  1. What an irony! As our knowledge and appreciation of these healthy practices like walking, and simple natural foods increase, our ability to follow them is severely affected. On the one hand , new discoveries in science keep warning us about the health risks of polished rice, white sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils. GMO crops, seedless fruits, etc, On the other, the market is flooded with these very stuffs, attractively packaged by an industry which has assumed monstrous proportions with international reach. Likewise, while walking has been praised by all old authorities and its merits are being rediscovered by modern science, city dwellers especially in India find it extremely difficult to find a place to walk safely!
    Alvin Toffler wrote in the 70s that while the average speed per hour covered by a vehicle has increased, it takes more time to commute a shorter distance than before! In walking too we experience the same situation: we know / keep learning about the virtues of walking, but find less and space and facilities to the walking in, especially in our cities and towns. Govt plan roads for automobiles, not for men to walk. Oh, yes- let us not forget: automobiles contribute to GDP, while walking does not!

  2. beautiful. thanks

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