Health with Dr. Paula: The benefits of walking

Health with Dr. Paula: The benefits of walking

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Did you know walking for 30 minutes a day could reduce your risk of heart disease?

Dr. Paula Walker King from Columbus State University stopped by the morning show on Tuesday to talk about something we've all been told – that walking is good for your health.

Walking is the simple, and has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity, and is as easy as parking farther away from your office, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking to lunch.

Adults should briskly walk 30 minutes a day, each day of the week.

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Improve circulation and lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetes
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer

It also would be helpful to get a pedometer. Pedometers provide a source of biofeedback and track the number of steps that you take during a given time period. On average, 2,000 steps equals 1 mile. Therefore, if you take 10,000 steps during a week, you have walked the equivalent of 5 miles.

For more information, check out Dr. Paula on-set in the above video.

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