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Dear Inda, thank you for this reminder! I tend to be nervous when I don’t find a parking place NEAR the office, or better even in the garage, in the morning, but I should actually rejoice if this “inconvenience” gives me the chance to walk. (In the morning I love to walk, it’s in the evening when the streets are lonely that it is cautious not to walk alone).
But with the week-end at the door, your post is an invitation to go to the Park at least!

Thank you, and now it is lunch-time and I WALK to my car to bring it nearer, ten minutes … better than nothing.

Thank you for all the precious information.
Love, Margherita Smile
Originally posted by Margherita:
...your post is an invitation to go to the Park at least!

Thank you, and now it is lunch-time and I WALK to my car to bring it nearer
Amen and Awomen!

Funny, to walk to the car to bring it nearer! Laughing

Careful if walking while reading!

But.. he he..

The apples are coming!

The apples are coming!

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Wow, dear Teo, I couldn't get enough WATCHING the lovely apple woman WALK .... HAHA.

I love her shoes btw. just my style ... but not to walk for long!

Would you believe that I think of Inda's reminder, when I come home in the evening ... tempted to take the elevator ... I decide to take the stairs. And it is funny, I don't like to walk up slowly I love to run upstairs, well yes of course I arrive out of breath!
How many floors? Secret!

Love, Margherita BBall Laughing Abducted
Thank you everyone for contributing to this old post.
We really should all be walking, especially now that everything will be in bloom.

Sue, you should not walk as fast as this sheep,
but more like this:

I hope that we no longer have to walk through the snow RaisedBrows
There are many benefits of walking such as:
# It deflects diabetes
# It lowers high blood pressure
# Help you handle stress
# Helps you sleep better
# Improves your self esteem etc...
I also do walking daily and I enjoy doing it.
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Benefits of Walking

Walking really is good for you. For instance, a diabetes prevention program for people who are overweight showed that walking 150 minutes a week can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by nearly 60 percent. That tells me walking is a lifesaver. Why not do it most days of the week? Doggy
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Thank you marcowyatt for the added information. You are right.

Keep walking.


Benefits of walking

Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:

Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) Lower your blood pressure Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes Manage your weight Improve your mood Stay strong and fit All it takes to reap these benefits is a routine of brisk walking. It doesn't get much simpler than that. And you can forget the "no pain, no gain" talk. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging.
Walking is one of the best cardio exercise which plays an important role to maintain our health and fitness.
It improves our fitness level.
Increases the body strength and stamina.
Prevents from various diseases such as blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, depression, and anxiety etc.
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Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.

From the Mayo Clinic.

Research even shows getting up and walking around for two minutes out of every hour can increase your lifespan by 33 percent, compared to those who do not.6According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), the average person only walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day,7 but aiming for 10,000 steps is a better goal.

Keep on walking, especially since the weather is really nice now.


You may walk a little faster than this:

1. It counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes. Harvard researchers looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes actually contribute to body weight. They then discovered that, among the study participants who walked briskly for about an hour a day, the effects of those genes were cut in half.

2. It helps tame a sweet tooth. A pair of studies from the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. And the latest research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a variety of sugary snacks.

3. It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers already know that any kind of physical activity blunts the risk of breast cancer. But an American Cancer Society study that zeroed in on walking found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week. And walking provided this protection even for the women with breast cancer risk factors, such as being overweight or using supplemental hormones.

4. It eases joint pain. Several studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain, and that walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking protects the joints — especially the knees and hips, which are most susceptible to osteoarthritis — by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them.

5. It boosts immune function. Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.

To learn more about the numerous benefits of walking, as well as easy ways to incorporate a walk into your daily routine, buy Walking for Health, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

Fast walking is very good for you.

Gentle, low-impact exercise that's easy, free and available to everyone – here's why walking rocks.
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