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6 Reasons to Start Walking Right Now

3. Improve Your Mood

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Want a quick mood-booster? Go for a walk! Research shows that walking for 30 to 45 minutes per day, five days per week for at least 12 weeks can have a significant impact on mood and depression, even in cases where medication didn’t help. Even if you aren’t struggling with depression, going on regular walks can help keep your mood in check and lower your overall risk of depression. If you can’t work in a full 30 to 45 minute walk in one stretch, plan to break the time up into smaller chunks throughout the day. Just three walking sessions of ten minutes each will get you to your goal!

2. Reduce Pain

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For people struggling with chronic pain, walking may feel like the last thing on the list of things to do every day, but studies have shown that individuals who get up and walk regularly can drastically reduce pain symptoms. This is especially true with painful conditions like arthritis, but even fibromyalgia sufferers have found relief through walking regularly. Walking at least 6,000 steps per day can also lower your risk of permanent disability and help to increase overall mobility. If you suffer from a chronic pain condition, talk to your doctor about how regular walking might help you manage your symptoms.

1. Control Diabetes

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It’s a well-known fact that a healthy diet combined with a proper exercise regimen can help control type 2 diabetes. Walking regularly is a great way to get in your daily exercise while keeping blood sugar in check, and a brisk daily walk can even help prevent diabetes altogether! Many researchers agree that adding a daily walk to your routine can have a significant impact on whether or not you develop diabetes, and can drastically reduce diabetes complications for those who already have the disease. Talk to your doctor to learn more about how walking can help control or prevent diabetes.

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