Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I often receive emails from 'fitbit' or 'mapmywalk' with useful information about diet and exercise. Yesterday, I received an email, but it was the link to yet another article that caught my attention. The article, 10 Amazing Benefits of Walking, was lifted directly from the April 19th posting on the mapmywalk blog.

Other than the title of this classic Aerosmith song, nothing much to do with walking.

 / WALKING / APRIL 19, 2016
10 Amazing Benefits of Walking
1. Sharpen your brain.Walking for exercise may become increasingly important as we age and our risk for dementia and other brain disorders increases. It can even help reverse the effects of aging. One studypublished in the Annals of Neurology found that the 69 participants ages 55 to 88 who who met the exercise guidelines set by the American Heart Association showed a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Want to improve your cognition even more? Try walking backward. One Dutch study found that walking backward helped subjects literally think faster on their feet. Incorporating specific mind-enhancing moves into your workout — such as moving in certain patterns with coordinated arm movements — can also boost the brain benefits of walking.*2. Strengthen your bones.Walking can help strengthen bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. One Nurses’ Health study found that women who walked for a minimum of 4 hours a week saw a 40% reduced risk of hip fractures. While other forms of vigorous exercise such as running, jumping and weightlifting offer bone-strengthening benefits, the good news is that walking appears to do the same. That’s great news for those just starting a workout routine, people who must complete low-impact exercise due to joint issues and, of course, anyone who loves walking.
3. Boost your mood.Having a rough day? Walk it off. Numerous studies have linked walking for exercise with improved mood and reduced stress levels. And it’s even better if you can take a stroll through nature — walking outdoors near greenery has been shown to help reduce feelings of frustration and may even help put your brain into a state of meditation.
4. Enhance your circulation.Regular physical activity like walking is great for your heart. It enhances your circulation, helping to lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke. And it doesn’t take much to reap the benefits: Walking briskly for just 30 minutes a day is enough to improve heart health.
5. Reduce your risk of tripping and falling with age.Stepping out on a regular basis could help prevent the trips and falls that can occur when we age. Balance loss and weak muscles in the shins can cause a shuffling gait that can put you at a higher risk of tripping or falling. Regular walks can help improve balance by strengthening the lower body. Walking with an exaggerated heel-to-toe action can help strengthen these muscles even more by emphasizing the movement of the foot toward the shins (also known as dorsiflexion).
6. Bolster your memory.Having a hard time remembering where your keys are? Walking regularly appears to help specifically bolster the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning. A study of women ages 65 and older, performed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more.
7. Lessen the pain of conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.Walking most days of the week may help lessen pain and reduce symptoms for those with conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. The moderate, low-impact nature of walking is enough to lower pain and improve function for most. (Just be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.)
8. Improve your blood glucose levels.Walking can help improve your blood glucose levels at any time of the day or night but perhaps even more so right after a meal. One study published in the journal Diabetes Care found that a brief 15-minute walk after a meal was as effective at lowering blood sugar levels in 24 hours as a longer 45-minute walk.
9. Raise your immunity.Stay healthy with daily steps. A walk every day may even help your body fend off illness better. Regular exercise can also contribute to maintaining a healthy weight, which helps reduce your risk of diseases such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
10. Improve your sleep.Walking may help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly, especially if you suffer from insomnia. A morning walk outdoors may be particularly beneficial since exposure to daylight can help you stay in tune with your natural circadian rhythms..

Your Food Diary For:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
BREAKFAST Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Johnsonville Polish Kielbasa Sausage 595 7 53 25 1,995 4
Omelette - 3-egg Omelette With Cheese 425 0 21 28 650 2
Louis kemp - Salmon Delights, 2 stick 120 10 6 8 560 2
Maltomeal - Honey Nut Scooters, 1 cup 120 24 2 3 210 9

1,260 41 81 64 3,415 16
Earthbound Farm - Baby Spinach 40 6 0 4 130 0
Jb - Hard Boiled Egg, 1 Large Egg (50 g) 78 1 5 6 62 1
Lady lLiberty - Asparagus, 3/5 cup 18 2 0 2 408 0
Louis kemp - Salmon Delights, 2 stick 120 10 6 8 560 2

256 19 11 20 1,160 3
Quaker - Ricecakes - White Cheddar 630 112 7 14 1,470 0

630 112 7 14 1,470 0
Nice! - Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 190 23 8 8 1,340 1
Nice! - pistachios in shells, 1 .5 ounce 85 4 7 3 80 1
Red Delicious Apple, 3 medium apple 285 75 1 2 5 57
Brookside - Dark Chocolate Cranberries 292 45 15 2 41 36

852 148 30 14 1,466 94
Totals 2,998 320 129 112 7,511 113
Your Daily Goal 3,384 423 112 170 2,300 127
Remaining 386 103 -17 57 -5,210 14
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
*You've earned 1,454 extra calories from exercise today         

our Exercise Diary for:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cardiovascular Minutes Calories Burned
99 1,406
Ic_i N/A 48

Daily Total / Goal 100 / 30 1,454 / 590  
Weekly Total / Goal 377 / 210 4,179 / 4,130             


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