A Walk to Remember

Walking is so simple. It can be relaxing, stress relieving, life sustaining, and yet it’s something many of us take for granted.

Did you know that walking regularly, not just what’s required throughout our day, might prolong your life? It doesn’t require extreme distances, according to recently published research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. The research collected evaluated walking habits among older adults with the average age of 70 years old.

Data was gathered from the walking habits of nearly 140,000 participants of the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, who found that walking on average 90 – 120 minutes per week lowered mortality (death) from any cause compared to no activity during the 13-year study period. This is less than the recommended activity levels, but consider it better than none (activity) at all. For those of you over-achievers out there,

walking 150 – 300 minutes, or 2.5 – 3 hours, per week reduced all-cause mortality by 20%. Additional risk reductions through walking were observed for cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, low back pain, osteoporosis and cancer-related mortality. Mental health is also believed to benefit from a more active lifestyle, and reduces the likelihood of having depression.

So what are you waiting for? Get to stepping! Your (long) life may be depending on it. Start small, and increase incrementally. Set goals for yourself, and make time! In the morning before breakfast, on a break at work, after dinner and more, make the time to walk – and reap the numerous health benefits.

Michael “Dr. Mike” Roney, D.C., is a musculoskeletal specialist who recently joined Pawling Family Chiropractic, located in the Atrium on Route 22. He can be reached at (845) 855-1475, FellaWellness.com online, or by email at DrMike@FellaWellness.com.