Time to Walk off Those Latkes

20 Dec

Happy first night of Hanukkah, On the Move readers. Remember that anything fried in oil, while sooooo delicious, is not exactly good for your waistline. But you know what that IS good for your waistline? Walking. In this  cool new video on the importance of moderate daily exercise, Dr. Mike Evans of the University of Toronto argues that getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is the single best thing you can do with your health. The impact on all manner of potential health problems is staggering.

We’re not talking high intensity marathon training by any means. While it’s great to get your heart rate up with intense cardio, just 30 minutes of simple walking does the trick when it comes to your health. Do it all at once, or break it up throughout your day, but fitting in 30 minutes of cardio every single day is proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, knee arthritis, depression, and once you get older, hip fractures, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and early death. Convinced yet?

Of course, here at GMTMA, we think that a great way to get in a little daily exercise is to replace some of your car trips with some walking or biking trips. You can think about physical activity as a lifestyle choice rather than a single task to check off your to-do list. Look for ways to walk or cycle more. For example, bike or walk to an appointment rather than drive, banish all elevators and use the stairs, briskly walk to the bus stop then get off one stop early, park at the back of the lot and walk into the store or office, run errands on foot whenever possible.

Back in May, people were shocked to learn that sitting is killing you. But with this good news — that walking just 30 minutes a day can significantly extend your longevity and preserve your quality of life — making a few small changes are well worth your while. Get out of the car, get onto the sidewalk!

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