Walking Your Way to Good Health

By on April 4, 2014
Today is National Walk to Work Day and walking is a great way to stay healthy.

Today is National Walk to Work Day and walking is a great way to stay healthy.

Today is National Walk to Work Day and while this may not be an option for those of you who are suburbanites commuting into the North Dallas Corridor or vice versa, it should get you thinking. Walking is a great, healthy activity that doesn’t require a membership fee or special equipment. In fact, it has so many health benefits that doctors endorse it as a “powerful” form of exercise.

“Walking seems simple, but it has powerful health benefits,” said Dr. Robert Duhaney, internist at Internal Medicine of Addison, a Texas Health Physicians Group practice. “Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day can improve your health.”

Just 30 minutes a day? Be honest, you spend more time eating three square meals per day than that. You can find time to squeeze walking in somewhere. And the more you try to take advantage of walking, the better it is for you in the long run.

“Physically active people live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and even osteoporosis,” Duhaney said. “It is a weight-bearing activity, which means that it works the muscles and bones against gravity.”

Aside from the plethora of health benefits that improve life expectancy, an obvious one is weight loss. And this weight loss “trick” is catching on.

“With the news reports about obesity in the rise, more people are getting motivated to improve their health,” Duhaney said. “The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week is on the rise — from 56 percent to 62 percent between 2005-2010.”

The North Dallas Corridor, and Addison especially, has a suburban feel among urban necessities. Meaning, there are plenty of opportunities to walk to lunch or to wherever else you might need to go. Take advantage of Walk to Work Day anyway you can. Just get moving!

Amy, born and raised in the Dallas area, has been forced (not really) to live in Houston for the past 12 years. A seasoned writer and editor, she was finally allowed to move back. While living in Houston she worked for a few magazines here and there. Although editing paid the bills, writing has always been her first love.

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