Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Shoes are made for...walking!

I just got back from walking.. I do 40 minutes a day.. as you can see my shoes are well worn..  I'm having back problems
 (spinal stenosis ) posibility of surgery in the summer!  So I need to keep moving!
Walking feels great.. it's just getting up and out the door!
My dog MiMi..loves to go walking .. she's my walking buddy.
I know alot of you walk.. and my friend has a great Blog to encourage you.. www.anniesrubyslipperz.com   
Her web site has great information for staying healthy.. also Read the artice below.. weather is great.. no excuses.. let's do it!

            The Health Benefits of Walking

Walking is good for your heart. A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day--can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%. This is the same benefit you would get from aerobics, jogging, or other vigorous exercise. The benefits to men are comparable.
Along with its benefits to the heart, walking:
  • improves circulation
  • helps breathing
  • combats depression
  • bolsters the immune system
  • helps prevent osteoporosis
  • helps prevent and control diabetes
  • helps control weight (see below)
Studies have also shown that people are most likely to stick to exercise when it is part of their daily lives. Walking is ideal, especially in a city like Cambridge, where most people can take some of their trips on foot—to work, school, the store, church, or the movies. This enables people to incorporate walking into activities they would be doing anyway. Once you start looking for opportunities to walk, you will be amazed at how many there are. If you combine walking with taking the T, you can get to most destinations in the metropolitan Boston area.

Walk and Lose Weight

I've been through every diet under the sun, and I can tell you that getting up, getting out, and walking is always the first goal.
- Oprah Winfrey
Walking is aerobic exercise. It keeps you fit and it helps you take off extra weight and keep it off. Obesity has become an epidemic among Americans; it is especially troubling that so many American children are now overweight or obese. Numerous studies have shown that lack of exercise is a major factor.

Number of calories a 150-pound person burns walking at a moderate pace (3 mph):

10 minutes0.5 miles44
20 minutes1 mile88
30 minutes1.5 miles132
40 minutes2 miles176
50 minutes2.5 miles219
60 minutes3 miles263

Number of calories a 150-pound person burns walking at a brisk pace (4 mph):

10 minutes.67 miles61
20 minutes1.33 mile122
30 minutes2 miles183
40 minutes2.67 miles244
50 minutes3.33 miles305
60 minutes4 miles366

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