Newsmax.com published a great article regarding walking on August 31, 2015. It is written by Sylvia Booth Hubbard:
“A brisk 25-minute walk every day can slash your risk of dying from a heart attack by half, and add seven years to your life,” say researchers at Germany’s Saarland University.
Even those who don’t start exercising until their 70th birthday can still reap benefits, including lowering their odds of developing arterial fibrillation. The researchers studied a group of inactive but healthy people who began an exercise program.
After six months of regular exercise, blood tests showed that all forms of exercise – aerobic, high intensity interval training, and strength training – had positive effects on the markers of aging, including the repair of old DNA. Endurance and high intensity exercise were most beneficial.
“This study is very relevant,” Sanjay Sharma, professor of cardiac diseases at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London told the Daily Mail. “It suggests that when people exercise regularly they may be able to retard the process of aging.”
He advises everyone to walk at least 20 to 25 minutes every day.
“We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old,” he said. “We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our 90s.”
The study helps researchers understand why physician activity has positive effects on aging, says Christi Deaton of the Cambridge Institute of Public health. “The more active you are, and it doesn’t matter when you start, the more benefit you are going to have,” she told the Mirror.
“We recommend people who have cardiovascular disease or had myocardial infarction or heart failure to be physically active, because it’s beneficial for them: so there’s really no reason for healthy people not to exercise as well.”
The study was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.
Rev. Malkmus Comments
Ever since Hallelujah Acres had its beginning, I have been encouraging everyone to have a daily walking program. But not only have I recommended it in my writings, I have also practiced it on a daily bases along with Rhonda.
Today, at the age of 82, a daily exercise program which includes walking is a vital part of my daily routine. Rhonda and I try and walk at least 4 miles each day – a two-mile barefoot beach walk along the ocean shoreline and a two-mile walk along the sidewalks in our neighborhood.
I also do daily stretching exercises and work out on my Fit-10 most every day. When people ask how old I am, they can’t believe my age when I tell them – usually saying that they thought I was 10 to 20 years younger than my actual age.
I attribute my good health to two things – a 100% vegan diet for the past 40-years of my life and a daily exercise program – including walking!
If you haven’t already started a daily walking program, it’s not too late to begin!