Keeping your body mobile, helps maintain the quality and longevity of your life. We all know walking is good for us, but feeling good about doing the walk is the key to staying young.
“A decline in walking ability is a major predictor of health problems.“-reported HealthDay. Listed below are small changes with very little inconvenience…but adding them to your life brings major heart-protective benefits. Sedentary people, whether from sitting at a desk at work, or self-imposed because walking is painful or uncomfortable for the feet, have a high metabolic cost. How can you lower your metabolic cost today and keep it low everyday?
Don’t allow yourself to sit for an hour straight. Try to get up and walk for as little as five minutes. Indiana University reported, “it only takes one hour of sitting to cut off blood flow in major leg arteries by up to 50%. This damages your feet and legs, and also prevents proper circulation to your heart.” Are you ready for the exciting part? “The team found that subjects who took a five-minute walk once an hour did not cut off circulation. They want to be clear, they do not mean the subject had less restriction…They didn’t have any restriction of their arteries. The subjects’ walking pace was just 2 mph., you don’t even have to break a sweat to benefit.” Washington Post. This is an easy step to add to your life. Simply make sure you have comfortable shoes that make walking easy enough to want to do every hour, and the benefit of increased circulation has the added benefit of lowering your metabolic cost.