You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership and drive yourself to the edge to feel better.
Research shows that simply walking for as little as 5 minutes a day can help you combat some of the things that develop as we age. For instance:
Arthritis: Walking at a leisurely pace can help ease the pain of arthritis as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs! It strengthens muscles that support the joints can help you shed pounds and reduce joint stiffness. Experts recommend starting out with a 5 min walk 5 days a week, gradually building it up to 30 minutes a day. If you feel worse 2 hours after completing your walk, take a less intense walk the next time.
High Blood Pressure: You may need to walk a bit longer to see a reduction in blood pressure. Aim for at least 1-and-three-quarters of a mile most days of the week. Again, you don’t need to exert yourself – a leisurely pace is fine.
Insomnia, Depression, Osteoporosis and even Diabetes can all be helped by a daily walk.
As always, before you begin any exercise regimen, consult with your physician.