Daily exercise is essential to prevent heart disease. One of the easiest, most effective and enjoyable way to accomplish this every day is by taking a brisk, one-hour walk every morning.
When you start to walk, your body taps into the built-in reserve of energy you have, which lasts for about 30 minutes. Some experts say this is enough, but it’s not. You need to push past that 30-minute point, and as you do, your body will begin to affect biological changes. Your body will actually create tiny blood vessels, called “collateral blood flow,” that increases the flow of blood to your heart and could save your life if a heart attack-causing blood clot ever formed. Your body also creates tiny temporary insulin receptors that help metabolize glucose more effectively and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Tip: Walking is a great exercise that you can do for free, so put your money in your feet. Invest in a comfortable pair of shoes and make sure that you replace them as they wear down (usually every 4-6 months). You wouldn’t drive on worn tires, would you? Consider your running or walking shoes as tires for your feet!
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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