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Five Reasons To Go For A Walk
9/22 15:36:55

Researchers say that walking for thirty minutes each day can help keep you healthy - and sane. According to research carried out by the mental health charity MIND, a 30-minute walk reduced feelings of depression in more than 70 percent of people studied. There are other ways in which a daily walk can also benefit you.

You Can Travel from A to B - And Save Money

If you're one of those people who groan inwardly whenever they hear the word "walk," then consider disguising it as something else, for example, a way to get from A to B. Leave the car keys at home for any short journeys you have to make, and undertake them on foot instead. Don't consider walking as anything other than a way to travel. You get to reap all the health benefits, save money on gas, and arrive at your destination a much happier person (though it may take a few journeys on foot before you come to realize this!).

You'll Burn off Calories (and Improve Your Overall Health)

Walking at a brisk pace (3.5 mph) for 30 minutes burns off about 150 calories. In addition, it's a gentle, low-impact activity which can benefit your health in a number of ways including helping to lower your blood pressure and raise high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol).

Your Dog Will Benefit

If you've got a dog then a daily walk will benefit not only you but also your dog. And if you don't have a dog, then consider getting one as an incentive to get fit. A study undertaken by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C., found that people who didn't own dogs had over three times the odds of being treated for diabetes than dog-owners who regularly walked their canine pets. And regular walks will help keep your dog in great shape, too.

You'll Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

We're constantly hearing that we're not getting enough vitamin D. Slathering on sunscreen and not spending time outdoors are two reasons we may be missing out on this important vitamin. As well as being essential for bone health, vitamin D is necessary to help maintain our mental wellbeing. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D and many experts suggest 10 minutes of unprotected sun on the arms and face three times a week (before applying sunscreen). A daily walk is a good way to ensure you get your daily dose of this important vitamin.

It's a Good Cure for a Hangover

If you've had a few too many drinks the night before and the thought of doing anything strenuous sends you running back to bed, chances are you'll at least be able to manage a walk. Getting out in the fresh air will help clear your head and make you feel a whole lot better. It's also very probable that you'll even feel like eating something once you've been walking for thirty minutes or so (although your next alcoholic drink may have to wait a little longer!).

These are just a few of the benefits of taking a walk. Make it a part of your daily routine and it'll become a habit, one which you'll be stuck with for life - a long and healthy life, that is.

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