Life is busy! Who has time to go to the gym for a 30-minute workout every day or even three days a week? The doctors tell you to exercise, but you really don't have the time!
Well, maybe you have more time than you think. Exercise can be as simple as walking for 15 minutes a day. The benefits are staggering! Listed below are 10 benefits available to those who want to take a 15 minute walk each day. Women, check out #5! You won't believe the benefits.
1. Improved mental outlook. Everybody likes to feel good. Prevention states that taking a daily walk does the same for you mentally as drinking a glass of wine or eating dark chocolate. It's a definite mood booster. You also don't get the added calories, always a plus!
2. Maintains weight. As your doctor likes to remind you, as you age, weight is harder to maintain. Taking a walk daily helps keep the metabolism running well. The Mayo Clinic points out that walking daily will help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your doctor happy all at the same time.
3. Aids in sleep. Just like any exercise, walking will help you sleep better at night says WebMD. The advantage of walking over other forms of exercise is that it's easy on the joints.
4. Prevents heart disease. The Arthritis Foundation shares how walking improve your circulation by getting your blood flowing. This helps prevent heart disease.
5. Reduces breast cancer risk. Breast cancer is a very real concern for women. According to Harvard Medical School, women who walked seven or more hours in a week were able to lessen their chances of developing breast cancer by 14 percent over women who walked less. This is a really simple way to help prevent breast cancer. Let's get walking women!
6. Boost the immune system. Another useful fact from the Harvard Medical School is that those who walk at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week were less likely to get sick. Those who did happen to get sick, didn't get as sick as others.
7. Eases joint pain. Any form of exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic, will help ease joint pain as it keeps the body moving and the joints lubricated. Walking is an easy form that is non-impact.
8. Will make you "regular." Prevention shares that walking affects the GI system and helps regulate regular bowl movements. If you suffer from constipation, working in a daily walk, may help solve your problems.
9. Stops the cravings. Do you ever find yourself looking for sweets as you get stressed out? Taking a walk, according to Harvard Medical School, helps to curb the cravings. Simply getting out for 15 minutes can do the trick. You can even burn some calories and feel even better in the process.
10. Prevents some health conditions. As you exercise and get the blood flowing and your heart rate up, you strengthen the most important muscle in your body -- your heart. This helps reduce your risk of heart disease. The Mayo Clinic says that walking will also help reduce your risks of developing type II diabetes and high blood pressure.
With so many wonderful benefits from simply going for a walk, why not make time for it in your schedule? You can also make it a social occasion, walking with friends or loved ones. Take some time out to stroll through the neighborhood and keep your body and mind healthy all in one shot.
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