Stepping Up Your Walking

In September 2016, I wrote a post about the benefits of walking. At that time the goal suggested by the American Heart Association was 10,000 steps a day (equal to 5 miles).  Needless to say, for seniors this is not an easy task.  Often we have issues with our knees. Arthritis, for example,  is one of the many complaints.  But the question is  “have you started?”A recent study done at the University of Warwick England suggests that we should increase our goal to 15,000 steps a day.

Frankly, I think any attempt toward getting the benefits of walking should  be our goal, especially if it reduces our risk of cardiac disease.

 Researchers analyzed 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study. They found that the same energy used for moderate- intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease over the study’s six years. Source: Walk, Don’t Run, Your Way to a Healthy Heart

So the next time you find yourself sitting on a bench, do yourself and your heart a favor, and try walking.  One step at a time will lead you to all kinds of benefits

 

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