Take a hike (for your health)

If I had to name a form of exercise I don’t actually mind engaging in, it would be walking. It isn’t overly strenuous nor is it harsh on joints and muscles, and I find going for walks presents me with an opportunity to do some serious pondering, which is also beneficial for my mental health.

We’re all aware of the benefits that come with walking as a form of exercise, but as it turns out, going for a stroll is even healthier than we may have believed, says an article from The Good News Network.

“Walking can literally add years to your life, and incorporating walks after meals can improve all manner of chronic metabolic disorders.

“Hardly news, the body of research on walking was augmented with another study which took place in 2003-06 but whose results were only just published recently, showing that people who took 8,000 steps per day had a 51% reduced risk of death than those who took 4,000 steps per day.

“Furthermore, as uncountable scientists in the past have confirmed, the study found a cumulative, dose-dependent effect on the person, as those who walked 12,000 steps or more had a 65% reduced risk of death,” the article explains.

So why might walking be a better option for exercise as opposed to other methods?

“Physical motion, not exercise in the traditional P.E. class sense, is the catalyst through which is born a strong, healthy body.

“The science practically begs the reader to start moving around more, as it found the barest of minimums for participatory benefit. For example, the steps were not taken all at the same time, suggesting that on many occasion, the wearer of the pedometer was not even walking for exercise, but rather doing something like errands or chores.

“Not only was there no correlation of consecutive steps and lower mortality rate, but there wasn’t even a correlation between step intensity and lower mortality rate, meaning one doesn’t even have to power-walk.

“The science is quite clear: walk and live longer; exercise and live even longer,” the article recommends.

Take a hike, folks.

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