1 Simple Way To Improve Your Health

It’s National Walking Day! Celebrate the miracle that is your body by doing what it was designed to do: walk!

And while you’re having fun, here are seven ways a simple walk can improve your health:

Lungs: pick up the pace, get that deep breathing going and give your lungs a workout while you walk

Heart: keeping that heart pumping properly impacts your whole body

Bones: weight-bearing activities, like walking, build and help retain bone density as you age

Balance: walking on a variety of surfaces helps the brain and inner ear retain balancing skills needed to prevent falls

Digestion: get those leg muscles moving and the blood pumping faster and your gastrointestinal tract will thank you

Mood: physical activities, especially walking outdoors have been shown to reduce depression and anxiety

Defeat Disease: And if that’s not enough, studies show that walking can reduce the risk of many conditions and diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, colon cancer, osteoarthritis, and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

Want to improve your health and fitness, but don’t know where to start? Here are some resources from Gwinnett Medical Center that can help:

Visit the Center for Weight Management, to watch our free online seminar or calculate your BMI.

PrimeTime Health is a comprehensive network of services designed for adults age 50 and older. There is no cost to join, and you’ll receive free, low-cost or discounted services and activities.

Need a physician located close to home? Find the perfect match at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/physician.


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