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Exercise and Walking

The Health Benefits of Walking just 30 minutes a day.

 The First Step in the Biggest Step

Research shows that regular exercise is the key to better health, helping among other things to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. For diabetics, regular physical exercise will reduce blood glucose concentrations by stimulating glucose uptake into the muscles and making the muscles more sensitive to the effects of insulin.

 Getting motivated to exercise on a regular basis is the biggest challenge for everyone and building a daily exercise regimen is the obvious way to reaping the rewards of the associated health benefits.

 Start off slowly and build from there.

 The key to getting started is to take it slowly and commit to a schedule change. That is finding the time in each and every day to perform your exercise so that it becomes habit forming. Habits are formed because people like habits. They’re habitual. If you can make regular exercise an enjoyable habit then you are more than half way there. Sure, there will be days that for whatever reason your schedule will be broken, but if for the vast majority of the time you can keep to your schedule then you’ll see and feel the health improvements in a matter of weeks.

 30 minute walk each day.

 Studies have shown that walking regularly can decrease your body mass index –a measure of body fat based on weight and height- and a decrease of just 0.4% can reduce systolic blood pressure for a 10% reduction in stroke mortality and a 7% reduction in death from vascular causes.

 Wear a Pedometer.

 The advance of technology and affordability of personal health tracking monitoring systems over the past few years is nothing short of amazing. A study by researchers at Stanford University in California back in 2007 and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who walked with a Pedometer exercised more than those that don’t. The pedometer encouraged people to exercise more. Monitoring progress engages people to exercise more regularly. Since 2007 Pedometers have come a long way. I came across this review of the latest models available to suit your needs and budget