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An exercise for all ages

Walking is easily the most popular form of exercise. The low-impact exercise can help just about anyone get into shape.

Studies show that walking has several important health benefits:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad kind)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good kind)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Lower your resting heart rate 

Your challenge

Walk at work. Find time to take an extra step. Some work-appropriate walking ideas include:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Stand up during phone calls
  • Walk to someone's desk instead of calling or sending an email
  • Park farther from the building
  • Walk around the building during breaks or lunch  

More good news about walking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that walking on a regular basis has many major benefits for people with diabetes:

  • Lengthen lifespan
  • Lower mortality risk by 29%.
  • Reduce heart disease risk by 34%.

Your challenge

Walk at home. Involve your family. Some after-work walking ideas include:

  • Go out for a walk after dinner
  • Walk the dog
  • Park farther from the grocery store, shopping centers, etc.
  • Catch up with friends while walking
  • Take the family to the park and walk while the kids play
  • Pick up the pace during your walk

A brisk walk before you start your day, during your lunch break or in the evening can help you reach your wellness goals. Check with your doctor before you begin. To help encourage you on your wellness journey, find a buddy to walk or exercise with you.

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention welcomes the opportunity to share this general information. However, this article is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.