Walking lowers disease

| February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

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PHOENIX — Regular walking can reduce your chances of heart problems by about 30 percent, according to Harvard Health Publications.

Those results came from the analysis of 18 studies between 1970 and 2007. Study participants who walked 5.5 miles each week began showing benefits to their heart. And the more they walked, the greater the benefits.

While countless activities are available to try—such as cycling or yoga—walking has the lowest dropout rate, said Meghean Cook, health coach, TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Regular walking will accomplish the following:

•Lower your risk of heart disease.

•Improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

•Lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol, while raising your good (HDL) cholesterol.

•Help maintain your weight.

•Lower the risk of obesity.

•Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Also, walking quickly 35 minutes a day, five days a week, will make you feel better if you’re depressed.

A Harvard Health study published in 2005 proved such activity had a significant influence on mild to moderate depression. If walking five days a week is too often, you can substitute 60 minutes a day, just three times a week, for the same results.

Walk your way to health

If you’re tired of walking alone, or need new motivation to get up and move, start your own walking club. The American Heart Association will “walk” you through the steps at www.mywalkingclub.org.

If you’re not up for starting your own club, you can also browse nearby clubs based on your zip code. Walking clubs can develop into a great social bonding experience with new or existing friends.

For more tips, visit TriWest’s Healthy Living Portal www.triwest.com/HealthyLiving.

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