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The ‘Movement’ Movement

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We recently saw a year of "movements:" Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street. Make this year the year you join a movement; one I call "The Movement Movement!"

That’s right. Don’t just sit there. Lace up your sneakers, call a friend and occupy Any Street. More and more people are doing it and it works because they’re doing it together.

Imagine achieving a healthier and longer life, having less arthritis pain, reducing your risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease or breaking your hip and lowering your risk of depression and anxiety just by putting one foot in front of the other for 30 minutes a day. Do it with friends and have fun at the same time.

More and more studies are showing the benefits of walking daily; no special skill or memberships required; do it wherever you happen to be at the time.

Here’s what the data show:

Arthritis of the knee: pain and disability 47%
Alzheimer’s Disease: risk in older patients 50%
Diabetes Risk: risk of pre-diabetes becoming diabetes by 58%
Menopausal Hip Fracture: risk 41%
Anxiety: 48%
Depression 30% (47% if the person also takes antidepressants)

Kind of amazing, isn’t it! Every one of us can do it. No real equipment needed other than maybe comfortable walking shoes.

In addition to feeling better and socializing with friends, you may live longer. A Harvard Alumni study showed walking 30 minutes daily reduced the risk of death over a 12-year period by 23%. Smokers found it easier to quit smoking; couch potatoes found it easier to be more active; cardio respiratory fitness improved. Turns out that 60% of dog walkers get enough exercise to make these health improvements. My dog is a great incentive for walking, even when it’s cold outside.

The average adult in the USA spends 5 hours a day in front of a TV or screen. So for this New Year’s resolution, resolve to spend just 30 minutes of that time with one or more friends or family members and go for a walk. Get all the benefits I mentioned above for free with no side effects. Become part of The Movement Movement and occupy Any Street.

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Editor’s Note:  As Dr. Seibel says, "It’s better to stay well than to get well!" Visit his award-winning site at www.doctorseibel.com

“It’s better to stay well than to get well!”  Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel is America’s health expert, addressing the critical needs of consumers from stress and weight control to menopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for almost 20 years and is a pioneer in many areas of women’s health and more. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. His professional experiences include:

– Host for PBS and NBC TV episodes, frequent media expert;

– Repeatedly voted into Best Doctors in America;

– Past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause;

– Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s highest honor 2008;

– Multiple national awards for research, writing, music writing and patient education;

– Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-present;

– Director, Complicated Menopause Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2011;

– Founder of HealthRock®, reshaping health education with health songs and entertainment;

– Past Medical Director, Inverness Medical Innovations (now Alere);

– Corporate Consultant and Corporate Health Expert Nationally and Internationally;

– Author/editor 14 books, over 200 scientific articles;

– American Cancer Society New England Division Medical Advisory Network;

– Advisory board of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative to fight childhood obesity; and

– Nationally known guest speaker, key note speaker.

Visit his award-winning website www.DoctorSeibel.com and sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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