In the Introduction of Walking With God I conclude with this observation:
"So now we have a perfect trifecta: physical exercise/health benefits + spiritual/emotional/mental energy + a bigger, smarter, younger brain. That's as good as it gets!"
This post is about the health benefits of walking. A new study by researchers at Saarland University in Germany found that daily, 25-minute walks added 7 years to the participants' lifespans. Wow! 7 years! 25 minutes! The study involved inactive but otherwise healthy people (how many Americans are in that category?) who began exercising regularly but moderately.
To make this study even more exciting, even the older folks (70 years) benefited. So it's never too late to start! After 6 months of exercise, DNA began repairing itself. The risk of developing abnormal heartbeats dropped.
None of us who are able to walk have any excuse not to. Just the health benefits from light walking are overwhelming. The spiritual, emotional, and creative benefits are icing on the cake. Really, it can't get any better than this, from a simple, daily habit. Put on your walking shoes or boots and get out there! Make it a habit and reap many rewards.
Source: Dr. Micozzi's Daily Dispatch, 11/26/15.