A study from the American Cancer Society was recently highlighted in a Blue Zone article. It reported that people who walked six hours per week had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer than those who were not active, but that walking even as little as two hours per week could begin to reduce the risk of disease and help you live a longer, healthier life.
This is especially helpful to know now when many people are avoiding the gym due to the pandemic.
The world’s longest-lived walk every single day. Almost everywhere. Walking benefits include:
- Activates lymphatic system
- Eliminates toxins
- Fights infection
- Strengthens immunity (take that COVID-19!)
Tips from the article include:
- Take several small walks.
- Take your dog out for a short morning jaunt around the block. Walk instead of drive to pick up workday lunches. Step outside after dinner with your family. Research shows it is better for you to break up your movement throughout the day than to work out for 30-40 minutes at once and sit all day.
- Walk to the grocery store.
- If your location safely allows you to, walk to the grocery store. Though you may not be able to purchase a week’s worth of groceries in a single trip, you can buy the freshest ingredients and return again later in the week.
- Park in a spot furthest from the building.
- Walk 5 minutes each hour.
- Get up from your desk and take a walk around your home or office. Fill up your water bottle. Get outside to maximize benefits, if possible.
- Take a long walk every day of at least 30 minutes.
Our bodies were designed to move so grab your partner or a friend and get outside!