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Cooler weather is on the way, a welcome relief from the summer’s heat and humidity. Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside for fresh air and exercise. While it is well known that exercise is good for your health, walking is an easy activity that can be performed by almost all ages and health ranges, and also has some unexpected benefits.
Here are some benefits specific to walking that may surprise you:
- Helps you gain control over your sweet tooth. A recent study revealed that walking for just 15-minutes can help curb cravings for carbs, chocolate, and other sugary foods. Snacking on high-calorie foods is an easily formed habit that can be difficult to break, but taking regular, brief walks can help cut your treat consumption in half.
- Eases joint pain. Walking protects your joints – especially your knees and hips – by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them. Walking also reduces joint pain caused by arthritis and can help prevent the development of osteoarthritis.
- Counters the effects of weight-promoting genes. Research has shown that our genetics play a large role in body weight, but a recent study found that walking can help mitigate the effect of weight-promoting genes. For those who took a brisk walk for roughly an hour a day, the genetic effect was reduced by 50%!
- Boosts the immune system. Appalachian State University conducted a study that found walking for 30-45 minutes a day boosted immune system function, reducing the rate of colds and upper respiratory infections in participants by 43%. When the participants did become sick, it was for much shorter periods and with milder symptoms. Walking also seems to have a cumulative effect, with its benefits to the immune system increasing over time.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. While it’s known that any type of physical activity helps reduce the risk of breast cancer, research by the American Cancer Society evaluated the benefits of walking specifically. They found that walking for as little as 2.5 hours a week can reduce a woman’s breast cancer risk by 18%.
Get Walking Again with Lyceum Physical Medicine
If you have been unable to exercise, Lyceum wants to help you get moving again. With excellent chiropractic care and physical rehabilitation services, we can treat new or old injuries and get you back to enjoying life again. We also offer state-of-the-art stem cell therapy that has been providing our patients with pain relief without surgery.
And if you want more help taking control of your health, our weight loss and nutrition team will create a medically-based weight loss plan specifically to you. No extreme exercise routines or harmful drugs, just doctor-guided, common-sense protocols that produce results.
Call Lyceum Physical Medicine today and start the journey to a healthier you!