Stay Healthy And Walk For Fitness As Your Individual Health Program

Walking for Fitness

Physical benefits

  • Walking strengthens your heart and lungs, and tones your muscles.
  • When walking, your feet land with less impact than in other sports. This reduces chances of muscle, bone, and joint injury.
  • Regular walking improves your cholesterol levels and lowers your risk of heart disease. And it helps you control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Walking is a weight-bearing activity, which helps maintain bone density. This can help prevent osteoporosis.

Personal rewards

  • Taking walks can help you relax and manage stress. And fitness walking may make you feel better about yourself.
  • Walking can help you sleep better at night and make you less likely to be depressed.
  • Regular walking may help maintain your memory as you get older.
  • Walking is a great way to spend extra time with friends and family members. Be sure to invite your dog along!

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Online Medical Reviewer:Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT 
Online Medical Reviewer:  Shehzad. MD
Date Last Reviewed:5/9/2015 
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