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As a follow up to my post on how Increase Exercise Melts Body Fat and how walking is one of the greatest exercise for strengthening bones and controlling your weight. I thought it would be a great idea to explain why walking is one the best exercises out there.

There are three universal goals which most of us share in Dominica or wherever you live on this planet we call earth: to live longer, to live free of illness and to control our weight. Interesting enough, normal walking lets us achieve all three. In fact, walking may be man’s best medicine for slowing the aging process. First, it works almost every muscle in the body, improving circulation to the joints and massaging the blood vessels (keeping them more elastic). Walking also helps us maintain both our muscle mass and metabolism as we age. It also keeps us young in spirit. For anyone out of shape, walking is the no-stress, no-sweat answer to lifelong conditioning.

As I mention in my previous post, all it takes is a little time, common sense and a few guidelines. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation going around regarding fitness walking, weight-loss and dieting. People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising daily.

When it comes to good health and weight loss, exercise and diet are interrelated. Exercising without maintaining a balanced diet is no more beneficial than dieting while remaining inactive. This doesn’t require walking an hour every day. The key is leading an active life-style 365 days a year.

It’s your everyday habits which define our weight and body composition. A three-minute walk after each meal is worth four pounds less body fat annually. Two flights of stairs a day burns off half a pound of body fat in a year, and on the other hand, one Chocolate bar (Twix for example 😆 ) eaten daily will cost you 25 pounds annually.

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