Ten Reasons to Get Out for a Short Walk Today

Published: 2011-12-07 15:34:18
Author: Denise Reynolds RD

 Even though the days are getting colder and shorter, getting outdoors for a 15 minute walk is so beneficial to your health, you should be sure you make time each day to lace up your shoes and head out the door.

One of the most common excuses for not getting daily exercise is not having the time. We all have 1440 minutes each and every day. Fifteen minutes is only 1% of that total time. Rearrange your schedule today for a short walk and you will get these ten benefits:

Increase in Life Expectancy
Phil Vasyli, a podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel and Vionic Performance Footwear, notes that a 15 minute bout of exercise each day can increase your life expectancy by three years, even if you have cardiovascular disease risk factors. Daily physical activity is especially important for older adults, because maintaining an active lifestyle into the senior years has been shown to reduce blood pressure, inflammation, blood sugar and other markers of chronic disease. Exercise can also boost immunity.

Although it only takes 15 minutes to see improved health benefits, the American Heart Association recommends that we strive for 30 minutes a day, or 2 ½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.