Sadly, most American adults fail to get sufficient exercise. Walking has been shown to prevent chronic health conditions, improve your mental well-being, and extend your life. Believe it or not, walking only 30 minutes a day can transform your life and improve your health substantially. Isn’t it time you got up off the couch and took a stroll? Even if you just walk around the block, you’ll probably instantly start to feel better and more invigorated.
Exercise Extends Your Life
Studies have shown that just a little exercise can extend your life. Walking briskly can extend your life by two years compared to someone who opts to live an inactive lifestyle. Researchers also found that those who exercised even more gained up to 4.5 years of additional life.
Exercise can help:
- Control weight gain
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Strengthen your bones, joints, and muscles
- Lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Reduce obesity
Fighting Obesity by Walking
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 42 percent of Americans are obese. Sadly, obesity is causally linked to a shortened lifespan. However, if you are moderately obese and you remain active and walk regularly, then you can add three years to your life expectancy even if you cannot return to normal weight. The combination of obesity and inactivity can reduce life expectancy by five to seven years.