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Why walk? Here are some super fun reasons to get out there

Most able-bodied people walk at some point of their day, but could walking more reap some serious benefits?

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Here's why you should be walking more:

Peace of mind

  • According to a study done by the Duke University Medical Center, a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around a track three times a week was just as effective as antidepressant medication in relieving the symptoms of major depression in middle-aged and elderly people. 

  • Walking helps you maintain a positive outlook and can even make you feel younger, that’s according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • Researchers found that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.
  • The Mayo Clinic also has evidence that exercise positively affects the levels of certain mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain. 
Spring Walk Body!

  • Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose five kilograms in a year without changing your eating habits.
  • The experts agree, walk 6,000 steps a day to improve your health, and 10,000 to lose weight.
  • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville study with pedometers revealed that women who averaged more than 10,000 steps a day had 40% less body fat and waist and hip measurements that were four to six inches narrower than those who averaged fewer than 6,000 steps.
  •  A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3mph) 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%. 

  • The Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who walk in their 30s and 40s can greatly reduce their risk of breast cancer.  
Good for the planet! 

  • Don’t drive to get bread at the Spar next to your house. Avoiding just 16 kilometres of driving every week would eliminate 227 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions a year!
  • You could also save yourself some petrol money by walking to the shops.
Some inspiration…

  • Regardless of your fitness level or age, walking is one activity that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone.
  • Group walks are great for the soul - rid yourself of any anxieties while having a good old chat along the way!
  • It's the easiest way to add some physical activity to your day, you can even earn vitality points for walking!

Also See:  Study reveals surprising health benefits of walking barefoot

Winter is so last season, join us for the Discovery Jacaranda FM Spring Walk on the 8th of September at Loftus Versfeld - it’s going to be a lot of fun! 

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