Walking To Better Health

cartoon style of a woman walking the dog

Keeping fit: Image courtesy of Vlado @ Free Digital Photos Youngster Walking The Dog. (Original Image)

Back in May 2012 saw the University of South Carolina publish a paper based on a five year study suggesting how a two and a half hour walk, spread across the course of a full week, could reduce the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) by a quarter percent.

Walking Brings Health and Well-being

Now some 16 months later walking is in the limelight again. The Walking Works report, published 4th October 2013, produced by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support have released a report which suggests that walking is the answer to combating life-threatening illnesses such as emergency admissions for coronary heart disease, premature death, and diabetes.

To think, all you need to do to ward off these illnesses is to take a walk that lasts some two and a half hours over the course of a week, and there’s more. The report also suggests that physical activity can help to prevent, manage and reduce the chance of some forms of cancers returning.

You can help yourself to an activity that not only gives great health benefits it may also open your eyes (like it has done for me) to just how much beautiful country-side the United Kingdom has to offer, even on your own door-step, …Oh did I forget to mention this activity comes free of charge… If you don’t count the shoe leather.

I have commented on a few post where low activity exercise has a profound effect on health and well-being, and unless you have some form of disability that would hinder your walking ability, whether that be physical or mental, increasing your lifespan by an extra five years for the cost of a two and a half hour walk a week must be up there in the top ten health tips. Me thinks.