As human beings, our bodies are designed to be on the move. However, it can be hard to stay active when we spend our days working at desks, commuting in cars, and sitting down to read or watch television. These types of sedentary behaviors can be attributed to many of the health problems plaguing people around the world, but by adding more walking into our day we can combat many negative health risks.
As more evidence is uncovered, doctors and researchers are realizing that physical activity can often be the best medicine for our overall health. By keeping ourselves active it not only boosts our body’s ability to fight diseases by increasing the strength of our immune systems, it can also improve cardiovascular functions. In addition, walking is a natural stress reliever and helps the body purge toxins.
Setting a goal of 10,000 steps, or approximately 5 miles, per day and working your way up to it can be one of the least expensive and longest lasting health improvements you can make. For little more than the cost of a comfortable pair of shoes and a walking pedometer, you can be on your way to better health in no time.