An interesting study was conducted in 2002, related to walking and weight loss.
The researchers found that walking no only improved weight but also cholesterol and waist circumference. The study also found that people had better outcomes if they dieted and walked rather than dieting alone.
The improvements were also more significant for people who walked thirty minutes daily compared to people who walked for sixty minutes, once or twice a week.
However, you don’t have to walk to lose weight. You can be active in other ways. I love to garden, and I get a lot of activity by bending, stretching, and walking through my yard. I have friends who prefer yoga, running and cycling. The important thing is to find an activity you enjoy, walking or otherwise.
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Being active is one of the critical habits that I try to encourage people to practice throughout their lives. It’s crucial to avoid the dreaded “sitting disease” that develops when you spend day in and day out in front of the screen. Some people find a fitness tracker very helpful. In some cases, these gadgets can also monitor sleep and relaxation. These trackers don’t only help people get off their butt, but sometimes gets them to get on their butt and relax!
If you want something a little less fancy, pedometers can keep track of your steps.
I think being active, whether it be via walking or something else, is crucial for keeping your weight, blood pressure, and insulin sensitivity in check. It can also reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Activity is truly one of the best “medicines” out there.