Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s easy, free, and good for your body and your mind! So, take advantage of the summer weather, lace up your sneakers, and head out for a walk.
Walking 30 minutes a day:
- just 4 days a week can reduce risk of diabetes by nearly 60%,
- can burn 7 lbs of body fat a year,
- can drop systolic blood pressure by 6 points, and
- can reduce risk of heart disease by 50% and lower cholesterol.
Walking dramatically increases cancer survival rates — by 50% in women with breast cancer and 50% in patients with prostate cancer.
Walk yourself into a better mood: Studies show that even a 10-minute walk lowers cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone), immediately improves your mood, and makes you feel happier.
As you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself and your family against two potential hazards:
Mosquitos and West Nile Virus
The mosquito population is greater than ever, thanks to all the rain this spring — increasing the risk of West Nile. The best way to avoid West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites in the first place. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when weather permits, and use insect repellent for extra protection. Avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active, can also help.
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Check for ticks after being outdoors. Removing them within 24 hours dramatically reduces your chance of getting Lyme disease. If you do show symptoms, including a rash and fever, see your doctor or health coach right away.