Did you know that 30 minutes of walking daily can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by up to 27 percent?
Walking doesn't only reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but also can improve insulin sensitivity and improve glucose tolerance.
Research out of the U.S has considered walking as a preventative treatment for those with pre-diabetes; which means that they have elevated blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. They completed a six month randomised trial with 150 pre-diabetic participants and separated them into 4 groups. Those exercising had to complete 12km weekly for the duration of the study. The most successful group was the one with exercise and the low fat diet, seeing a 9 percent increase in glucose tolerance (the ability of the body to process sugar).
The researchers found that a brisk walk at an intensity of 70-85% heart rate maximum was more successful than completing it at a moderate pace.
Walking is an activity that requires no equipment, doesn't cost a cent and it can be completed anywhere. It is also a good activity to start with for those who low exercise tolerance or who suffer from osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are also several health benefits including:
- Improving cardiovascular fitness
- Decreasing body fat
- Increasing energy
- Improving mood
- Improving posture
- Improving blood pressure
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