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%|
|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.
© 2012 HealthRock, LLC. HealthRock Publishing ASCAP All Rights Reserved
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.