Walking Offers Many Health Benefits

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Updated: 11/09/2012 6:52 pm
 

It lowers your “bad” cholesterol while raising your “good” cholesterol”. It can help you manage your weight and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  These are just a few of the benefits of walking.

As we have mentioned before, November is American Diabetes Awareness month. Throughout the month we are showing you ways to combat and prevent this disease.

Walking is a great form of exercise because it can be tailored to fit nearly every skill level. It can even extend your life. Walking for just 75 minutes a week can add nearly 2 years to your life. If you haven’t exercised in a while, you’ll want to start with something a little easier and build your way up.

There are a number of walking and hiking trails in our area that are designated for pedestrian use. In Pocatello, the Portneuf Greenway meanders its way through the city and surrounding areas.

One of the best things is just getting out of the house and taking a walk in the sunshine or in the snow, anything you want to do,” said Tamara Code of the Portneuf Greenway. “I know a lot of people have been injured and use the Greenway to walk to recover. I know a lot of people use the Greenway to run, walk and lose weight. It’s a great place to ride a bike and also a great place to teach our child how to ride a bike.”

The Greenway is in the process of laying down markers that make it easier to tell how far you have walked. Tracking your progress is important in reaching your goals and there are a number of apps that you can use on your smart phone that will do this as well.

“We’ve just begun this,” continued Code. These are our Greta mile markers and you pass a Greta every time you’ve gone one half mile on the trail. So if your goal is to walk a mile and a half every day, you just pass three Gretas and you’ve done that.”

As is the case with any workout, it’s important to warm up and stretch before you begin walking for exercise.

You can find tips on this exercise technique at this link.

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