Studies show that?every minute you walk,?your life is extended?by 1.5 to 2 minutes. Here?s are some additional facts about walking :
Walking Increases Your Lifespan. Walking more than an hour a day improves life expectancy.?In addition to living? longer, the lifetime medical costs for walkers do not increase.
Walking Prevents Diabetes. 30 minutes of walking a day can prevent disease.? A mile or more of daily walking can?cut your risk of developing?certain diseases in half.
Walking Keeps Your Mind Sharp. Walking about six to nine miles a week increases ? grey matter? and helps concentration, memory and thought.
Walking Helps Lower Blood Pressure. Walking just 30 minutes a day, or walking in three ten-minute increments a day, for three to five days a week can significantly lower blood pressure.
Walking is good for Bone Health. For post-menopausal women, walking a mile a day leads to improved bone density and slows the rate of bone loss.
Walking Cuts the Risk of Stroke.? Walking about 12 miles a week reduces the risk of stroke by 50%.
Walking Improves Your Mood. The more people walk, the better their mood and energy level.? Walking can?improve your?mood more quickly than anti-depressants, and with fewer side effects.
Walking reduces Calories. Just 20 minutes of walking a day will burn 7 pounds a year. The effects are even better when coupled with?a positive change in diet.
Walking Improves Insomnia. A brisk 45-minute walk in the morning five days a week may improve sleeping difficulties?.
Walking is good for the Heart. Brisk walks for three or more hours a week reduces the risk of heart disease in women; for men, (especially men between the ages of 71 and 93) walking cuts the risk of heart disease?by 50%.