Stepping Towards Better Health

By Bonita Booker

Gannon University Student Contributor

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A recent study unveiled by Harvard Health astonishingly showed "walking for just 35 minutes a day saved a 160-pound person about 18 pounds of flab over 15 years of aging"; a shocking statistic that may come true for you. Dedicating as little as 10 minutes, three times a day, totals a 30 minute workout necessary for overall health, while benefiting the environment in the process. You can simply walk to work instead of driving or walk during lunch and after work.

Walking and running are pollution free solutions that reduce our carbon footprint. As a result, the environment can benefit from cleaner air, since there are fewer gas emissions being released. Walking and running helps to preserve the natural resources being consumed, prolonging their use for our future. Walking can be compatible with everyone's schedule because it can be done at any time during the day, without additional equipment. It's as simple as one, two, three; stroll on out and get to stepping.

Why choose walking?

  • It reduces health risks such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
  • It is flexible for all ages and body types.
  • You can work at own pace and build your way up to a faster pace.
  • It's free.

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