100 Reasons Posted on 03/29/201804/02/2018 by Walk with a Doc That’s right, 300 new Walks means 1 million extra years of Staying in your pajamas all day (Awesome Thing #554 Walk with a Doc Newsletter Good morning! Today we offer up our updated ‘100 Reasons to Walk’. All of these are hyperlinked. Thank you for subscribing. 100 Benefits of Walking 1. Reduces blood pressure 2. Lowers cholesterol 3. Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) 4. Reduces heart attacks (by 86% combined with other factors) 5. Increases efficiency of heart 6. Makes our heart muscle stronger 7. Lowers heart rate 8. Strengthens lungs 9. Improves respiratory function 10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance 11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles 12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body 13. Reduces strokes 14. Helps to alleviate varicose veins and varicose vein pain 15. Increases your metabolism 16. Prevents blood clots 17. Makes digestion more efficient 18. Treats Fibromyalgia 19. Reduces chances for colon cancer 20. Strengthens and develops muscles 21. Increases efficiency of muscles 22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles 23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints 24. Eases muscular tension 25. Alleviates back problems 26. Increases muscle flexibility and agility 27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time 28. Treats acne 29. Burns up and removes toxins from body 30. Increases blood flow to the brain 31. Improves memory 32. Improves cognitive functioning 33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it 34. Increases sense of well being 35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated 36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated 37. Helps fend off colds 38. Lessens worry and tension 39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood 40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours 41. Enhances mood 42. Excellent opportunity to enhance social network 43. Boosts energy 44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened 45. Increases sense of self control 46. Provides source of pleasure and fun 47. Releases anger and negative emotions 48. Reduces depression more effectively than short or long-term psychotherapy 49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance 50. Boosts immune system functioning 51. Reduces severity of asthma 52. Exercise can even help prevent cataracts 53. Can relieve headaches 54. Helps you quit smoking 55. Burns calories 56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently 57. Causes weight loss 58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning 59. Can act as an appetite suppressant 60. Decreases fat tissue 61. Improves physical appearance 62. Enhances one’s image and opinion of the body 63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis 64. Reduces joint discomfort 65. Help manage arthritis 66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result 67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm 68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction 69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow 70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes 71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar 72. Has a significant effect on fibrinogen levels 73. Alleviates menstrual cramps 74. Improves athletic performance 75. Can add years to one’s life 76. Enhances quality of life 77. Reduces pain and disability 78. Improves glycogen storage 79. Reduces risk of developing 13 different types of cancer 80. Regulates hormones 81. Treats Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 82. Can lessen medical bills 83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health 84. Creates better performance at work 85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older 86. Keeps health care insurance premiums lower 87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates 88. Allows for healthy pregnancy 89. Increases energy 90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression 91. Can increase income due to increased energy 92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning 93. Can stimulate you mentally 94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight 95. Increases productivity at work 96. Adds variety and spice to life 97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed 98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners’ high 99. Provides heightened alertness 100. Reduces inflammation Thank you for reading and we hope you found your ‘reason’. 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