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This holiday season is a time when we indulge in eating without watching, so to speak. Nothing is wrong with this as you should enjoy food on a daily basis. However, there needs to be common sense and wisdom applied in ensuring that we do not pile on unnecessary pounds which would be problematic to drop off. Walking is by far the best exercise to engage in during the holidays to keep your weight on track. Here are some reasons why:

HELPS BRAIN FLOW - Every step you take you deliver more blood to your brain. Researchers found that the pressure of each steps impact send waves through the arteries and significantly sends more blood to the brain.

PROTECTS FROM HEART FAILURE - The American College of Cardiology observed 89,000 post-menopausal women over 10 years. They found that the longer and faster they walked, the lower their risk of heart failure.

LITTLE BIT- BIG BENEFITS - Walking a little each day still improves your health and posture, as well as helps weight loss.

BIGGER BENEFITS THAN RUNNING - In a study by Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, a walking group of women reduced their risk of heart disease by over 9%. They also had great results in relation to blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

CUTS RISK FACTORS OF KIDNEY DISEASE - A study of 6,300 kidney patients in China, found that those who walked regularly cut their risk of death by a third.

LEADS TO GREAT IDEAS - Stuck on a problem at work. Move away from the desk, and take a lap around the block. You will also be inhaling much needed fresh air. In a series of experiments, college students were given creative, thinking tests while sitting, walking or being pushed in a wheel chair outside. The results showed that the walkers came up with more creative solutions.

So, for the holidays especially after dinner, take a ten minute walk and feel the difference. To everyone, let’s get moving.

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