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Take a Walk and Turn Back the Years

Aging has nothing to do with calendar years. A 40-year-old woman could have the heart, arteries and immune system of a 75-year-old, while a 65-year-old man who eats right and exercises might have the body of a 50-year-old. Exercise is a key factor in reducing the effect aging has on your body. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can make you healthier, more energetic and “younger.”

Walking Facts:

* The U.S. Surgeon General suggests 30 minutes of daily moderate activity above and beyond normal activity levels. That’s approximately 3,000 to 4,000 additional steps a day from the normal 5,000 to 6,000 we typically walk.
* Even with no change in diet, 30 minutes per day of walking (the equivalent of 10 to 12 miles per week) may prevent weight gain and even produce weight loss.
* Walking reduces your risk of heart attack by raising “good” cholesterol and lowering “bad” cholesterol levels.
* Walking reduces your risk of developing high blood pressure and other forms of heart disease.
* Regular walking reduces your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and improves your body’s ability to process sugar, lowering your blood sugar levels.
* A brisk walk is a great way to reduce stress, depression and feelings of anxiety.
* People who take three 10-minute walks each day have about the same health gains as those who walk for 30 minutes straight.

So what are you waiting for? Walking is easy to do, doesn’t require special equipment and shares some of the same health benefits as strenuous exercise.

Source: Siversource, 2011