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Health and Fitness Benefits of Walking

Reasons to Walk Yourself Fit!

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By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator         
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  • Sedentary women who engaged in a walking program reported improved mental and emotional satisfaction and a decrease in stress, according to a Journal of Holistic Nursing article published in 2006.
     
  • Women & Health published another study that measured 128 sedentary, ethnic-minority women. Researchers found that participants who walked more reported increases in positive mental health and well being.
     
  • Another of 124 sedentary older adults found that those started walking for 45 minutes three times per week for six months performed substantially better on several cognitive tasks than those who did stretching or strengthening exercises. Researchers, whose study was published in Nature, think that their improved cardiorespiratory fitness increased blood flow to the brain, which helped improve brain function.
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Nicole Nichols Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.

Member Comments

  • I do some walking at the hospital going from one unit to another but I know that it is not enough. I'm going to look for my pedometer and use it everyday to track my steps. - 4/11/2016 10:28:00 PM
  • IT ry to walk 5 miles per day, 3 of which are done separately from normal walking. Doing the best I can . - 2/18/2016 6:20:04 AM
  • 16 yrs ago, I discovered walking with a pedometer, it was one of the first things I did to start my weight loss journey. It had it's ups and downs, of course, but I still find walking as one of the ways to combat depression and weight. - 2/1/2016 10:29:33 AM
  • I would rather jog, but I am doing a lot of walking! Great exercise: - 1/25/2016 8:53:42 PM
  • Walking helps me overcome anxiety. It takes about 20 minutes to feel the effectiveness, but it is like a miracle drug for me. - 1/25/2016 4:41:46 PM
  • Walking is addictive! When I don't walk, I feel like I'm forgetting to do something for myself. - 11/25/2015 9:19:25 AM
  • NHICKMAN5
    I love to walk at least one mile per day. it helps me think. - 11/12/2015 10:50:10 PM
  • Walking helps me think! Love to walk! - 11/9/2015 6:13:53 PM
  • I can't just talk the talk, I have to WALK the walk! - 10/6/2015 11:10:27 AM
  • 2BFITN23838
    I love walking and tracking the steps on my fitbit flex. It's true that walking not only helps with weight loss, but also with mental health. I always feel some much better after my walk. - 9/21/2015 8:40:56 PM
  • Bookreader8, walking DOES help you lose weight. I'm living proof of that. - 9/21/2015 11:19:44 AM
  • SUBRINAGAYLE48
    Thanks for the article. I enjoyed reading it and I am going to start walking in the afternoons when it is cooler. - 9/9/2015 3:25:22 PM
  • Great article. Will start using my pedometer once again. I have asthma so I can't walk outside in Fl. with this humidity, but I do use my treadmill almost daily and I work out at a Wellness center 5 days a week. - 9/3/2015 9:17:08 AM
  • I love walking, especially walking in lovely places enjoying nature. I find it helps me to find the joy and peace in life when sometimes I'm dwelling on the negatives. I also find it easier to motivate myself to walk, and to walk for longer, as compared to other forms of exercise. - 8/29/2015 8:34:32 AM
  • Walking is a beautiful way to clear your mind and thank God for all your blessings. Physical, Mental and Spiritual health is improved by a simple walk each day. - 8/28/2015 9:18:22 AM

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