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Look What Happens When You Start Walking

By Sandy Schroeder

As we all own up to sitting too much, walking daily may be a natural choice. Walking needs no equipment beyond a pair of sneakers, and it can happen anywhere. If you have 15 minutes before a meeting or 15 minutes after lunch, step outside and get started. When you do you may find a whole lot of other things happen, too, according to Prevention.

You may laugh a lot more – Walking can cut right through worry, making headaches go away, and life look better. Invite a good friend to go with and you may find yourself giggling the whole way as you catch up.

You may boost your health – Researchers say regular walking can help to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of stroke and lower the risk for heart disease and diabetes. That’s a lot of health impact for a little effort.

You may work better – Walking regularly may provide fresh energy to knock off projects and meet deadlines with less stress.

You may have more great ideas – The minute I step outside my brain goes to work, and new ideas start showing up. If you are having a creative block, see if walking will create a breakthrough.

Your clothes will fit better – If you start walking 30 minutes or more every day, and cut back on snacks, you may have to look for new jeans. Walking may be the best automatic diet around.

You may shed some stress – Sometimes when I head out for a walk I am carrying all sorts of issues, but by the time I return many have just disappeared, making my day much freer.

Your plans may expand – Just as creative ideas seem to flow faster, future plans often come together while walking, too. My friends say they always count on walks when they are making decisions or mulling over future plans.

You may eat better – Whenever I am walking more, I always find myself shopping better. Hitting a farmer’s market, produce stand, or fresh fish market just seems like a great idea.

Everything else gets easier – As your mood lightens, you may also find yourself looking forward to new projects, or family plans. Positive attitudes can be contagious. Once they appear, everything else seems to work, too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dacula, Ga.

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