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5 benefits of power walking

Humans were meant to move! We are giving you 5 benefits of power walking that will make you want to get up and get going right away.

Sedentary lifestyle is a serious risk factor for many diseases and early death. Scientists estimate that over 5 million people die each year due to lack of physical activity.

Recent studies suggest that adults spend most of their time sitting down. Driving to work, sitting at a desk, driving back home, and watching television is a typical day for most people, which doesn’t leave much room for exercise.

Let’s take a look at 5 benefits of power walking, or even walking in general.

Beat breast cancer:

Walking may go a long away in helping to fight breast cancer. According to a study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology, women with breast cancer who walked on a regular basis had a 45% greater chance of surviving than those who lived a sedentary lifestyle. Yale backed up this study by discovering that women who exercised the year before they were diagnosed with breast cancer had a 30% higher chance of surviving.

Better mood and anti-depressant:

Daily exercise such as walking can greatly improve your mood and reduce symptoms of depression. It gets the blood flowing and promotes the production of endorphins, which bring a feeling of well-being. Routine exercise can give you a more positive outlook on life, and helps you rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

It is the best “anti-depressant.”

Better sex life:

Exercise can really help improve your sex life. It helps increase your blood circulation and keeps you fit. According to a study from University of Vermont College of Medicine, women between the ages of 45 to 55 reported stronger sexual desire and better satisfaction after exercise including brisk walking. Judith R. Gerber, PhD, the lead author of the study explained, “the less exercise they got, the lower their desire and sexual satisfaction.

Heart health:

Walking can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which in turn can help lower the risk of heart disease. High cholesterol is one of the major factors in heart disease. It also helps strengthen your heart.

Helps prevent diabetes:

Walking routinely may help improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar from the bloodstream to cells so the body can use it for energy.

With insulin resistance, the levels of insulin are not enough for the body. Dr. Andrew Weil explains, “To compensate, the pancreas secretes insulin in ever-increasing amounts to maintain fairly adequate blood-sugar movement into cells and a normal blood-sugar level.”

This compensation overworks the cells that produce insulin, and they become unable to keep producing excess amounts. That leads to higher than normal blood sugar levels, and eventually type 2 diabetes. Walking every day, especially after eating may reverse insulin resistance and therefore may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. 

Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only. 

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1. “Walking and Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care. American Diabetes Association, n.d. Web. 8 Aug. 2013.

2. Weil, Andrew, MD. “Insulin Resistance.” Weil, n.d. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.
3. “Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes.” National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, n.d. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.
4. “Greater Survival After Breast Cancer in Physically Active Women With High Vegetable-Fruit Intake Regardless of Obesity.” Journal of Clinical Oncology. American Society of Clinical Oncology, 14 Dec. 2006. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.
5. Irwin, Melinda L., PhD. “Effect of Exercise on Markers of Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors: The Yale Exercise and Survivorship Study.” Cancer Prevention Research. Cancer Prevention Research, 04 Dec. 2012. Web. 08 Aug. 2013.
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