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Let’s Get Walking

While most find more enthusiasm for exercise in warmer weather, our need for exercise doesn’t diminish because it’s winter.  For best health, we need ways to offset the consequences of sedentary living with daily activities that keep us moving.  Studies show that a brisk walk can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, high […]

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How many calories does walking Use?

            While the most important value of exercise is general good health, a side benefit is the calories we burn that would otherwise become unwanted weight gain. If you have been curious about how many calories you use walking, the table below provides some estimates.             The main factors that affect number of calories burned […]

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The three components of a well-balanced exercise routine

            For anyone suffering mild depression or low self-esteem, regular exercise is a first step therapy.  Exercise causes the body to produce endorphins that help us feel more peaceful and happy.  As a sleep, aid exercise is about as good as it gets.             We look better when we have regular exercise.  Exercise burns calories […]

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What doctors say about benefits of walking

            Adding exercise to your routine is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  If you are unsure of what’s best for you, I’ll be glad to offer a suggestion.  The potential benefits are hard to ignore.             Benefits can include reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure,  reduced risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, […]

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A heads up warning from the Surgeon General

            The Surgeon General periodically issues health warnings.  Perhaps the best known example of Surgeon General cheerleading is a 1964 report advising us that smoking may be hazardous.             Since 1966, The Surgeon General’s warning label has been on all packages of cigarettes. A similar health warning was added to alcoholic beverages in 1988.  In […]

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Mind-Body Walking

Five health behaviors that reduce chronic diseases.

Recent surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us that approximately half of all adults in the United States – around 117 million people had at least one chronic health condition and 1 in 4 adults had two or more. The good news is that the following five key health behaviors […]

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Change your habits and change your life

            It’s easy to fall back into old habits of binge watching TV, taking the elevator rather than the stairs, or reading a book on the couch instead of listening to books while walking. If change has been on your mind, consider this two step formula for changing habits.             Step 1: Set a reminder […]

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Is it better to walk or run?

Often I’m asked, “Is it better to walk or run?”  As you might expect, both have health benefits.  Studies show joggers living about four years longer due to the added heart health benefits. However, more than half of people who run will experience an injury while the percentage of walkers who get hurt is around […]

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The Joy of Walking

A morning walk is the best combination of sports therapy and psychotherapy available.  As for convenience, what other activity is so available.  The best part is when you join me it makes my morning’s work “a walk in the park” compared with hospital calls at two in the morning. Much has been written about movement […]

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What does walking have to do with poetry?

A daily walk is medicine for the body and the soul.  Taken daily it offers amazing benefits.  It even seems to inspire poetry. Plan to join me for a fun walk that’s a step toward better health. Nancy Neighbors, MD Did you hear the robin sing? I heard the maytime robin sing His merry voice […]