Walking: A Big Step to Cardiovascular Health

It is well known that regular walking reduces the risk of heart attack. The American Heart Association says, "Most apparently healthy people of any age can safely engage in moderate levels of physical activity (e.g., moderate walking, gardening, yard work) without consulting a doctor first1." Exercise of any kind is better than no exercise at all. All indications are that those who do not exercise will die earlier than those who exercise at least a moderate amount. Optimally, it is best to exercise 30 to 60 minutes per day at 50 to 80 percent of the body's capacity. Walking can also help reduce tension that causes headaches.

Walking is an excellent way to get this exercise. The body was designed to walk; so this activity creates minimal wear and tear on the body while providing the greatest benefit to the body and limbs. People with type 2 diabetes were found to have a 39 percent less chance of dying of a heart attack if they simply walked 30 minutes per day. Many people get this type of exercise in the course of the average day. One way to gauge this would be to wear a pedometer. 10,000 steps per day is considered moderate exercise no matter how it is gotten2. It doesn't have to be from on a treadmill or speed-walking around a track. It can be from a stroll in the park or chasing after children or grand-children. But the fact is most people in modern society work at a desk or find themselves parked for much of the time before a television set. These people should think about starting an exercise regimen.

There are so many benefits to walking, it is a wonder that more people are not doing it. Walking every day will reduce blood pressure, reduce chance of stroke, helps keep muscles functional, helps the body fight off colds, and even helps prevent obesity. Dr. George Jacob of Holistic On Line recommends slowly working up to a walking regimen. As walking in all weathers can sometimes be challenging, some people prefer to walk at malls, gyms, or other locations. Some may also find it expedient to acquire exercise equipment. A walk on the treadmill is as beneficial as a walk in the park and, it is far more convenient and comfortable to be walking on a treadmill when there is a blizzard or a heat wave affecting the region.

It is wise to combine walking with a healthy diet that includes strong antioxidants such as resveratrol and nasunin. Antioxidants help to control the build-up of plaque in blood vessels and allows them to be more supple.

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1. American Heart Association
2. About.com: Walking

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Walking reduces the chance of stroke and can help reduce blood pressure.

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