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Source: Robert R. McMillan
For years now, my wife and I have walked around three miles almost every day. Now, there are exceptions when it is raining or scheduling interferes. But, basically it is at least six times a week.
When we started, there was some understanding that the walks were positive for our health, and we would joke that a couple who walks together stays together. Little did I really no the full positive benefits until I started some research for this piece. The main sources came from an article by the Mayo Clinic Staff, the world renowned health facility, and the AARP.
First, walking is the best prescription for good health that you can follow. It is an important preventative measure to protect your health. Let me give you some examples of what a serious schedule of walking can do for you. And I mean a serious and adhered to schedule!
If you have not been walking, the first thing to remember is slide into a heavy schedule. Build up to a routine that has you walk for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week. In addition, the regular climbing of stairs helps, as well. The walk should also be at a fairly brisk pace.
Another factor is to make the walk entertaining. Changing your route or walking with someone, as I do with my wife, makes the time go faster.
Along with the walking, it is also important to have healthy eating habits. Keeping the proper weight combined with the walking can lower your risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and osteoarthritis.
Walking as a physical activity can help control your blood pressure. The exercise will help your heart pump a great deal more blood without as much pressure on your arteries.
The scheduled walks which I outlined can also decrease the chance for a heart attack by as much as 30% to 40%.
The exercise can lower your risk of a stroke by 50%.
And the walking can lower the LDL or “bad” cholesterol in your blood.
Walking can also reduce a woman’s risk for breast cancer.
The scheduled walks can also reduce by 20% to 31% the need for gallstone surgery.
The activity also significantly protects all of us from hip fractures.
Lifespan is lengthened. Lower levels of stress are found. You will sleep better.
One final consideration is that scheduled walking keeps a person in a much better mood – not just less stress. The walks are uplifting and make our lives much happier.
Enjoy your walks!
Robert R. (“ Bob”) McMillan was the first U.S. chairman of the Panama Canal Commission who was not an official of the US Department of Defense. He was a member of the Board of Directors of WellChoice, Inc. (NYSE) from 1994 through 2005 when WellChoice was acquired by WellPoint, Inc. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Lumex, Inc. (AMEX) from 1984 through 1998. He also served on advisory boards of Key Bank for over nine years and was a member of the board of Madison National Bank.
Speaking Dates: Bob McMillan is a frequent speaker at venues in New York and in Florida. His upcoming schedule includes:
Upcoming Lectures -- 2013 Speaking Dates
· Glenridge – Sarasota, Florida – January 8, 2013 – 2:00 PM – Topic: China
· United Methodist Church, Men’s Dinner – Punta Gorda, FL – January 21, 2013 – 6:00 PM – Topic: U.S. Presidents
· Edison College – Punta Gorda, FL – January 28, 2013 – 10:00 AM -- China
· Sarasota County Republican Club – Sarasota, FL – February 6, 2013 – 6:00 PM – US Presidents
· Florida Gulf Coast University – Naples, FL – February 21, 2013 – 1:00 PM – US Presidents
· Florida Gulf Coast University – Naples, FL – March 6, 2013 – 10:00 AM – Panama Canal
· Charlotte Park Civic Association – Charlotte Harbor, FL – April 15, 2013 – 6:00 PM – Topic: Immigration
· Jericho Library – Jericho, New York – May 22, 2013 – 2:00 PM – (Topic: Not Yet Decided)
· Molloy College – Farmingdale, NY – May, 29, 2013 – 10:00 AM – U.S. Presidents
· Molloy College – Farmingdale, NY – June, 19, 2013 –10:00 AM – China
· AARP – New Hyde Park, NY – September 9, 2013 – 10:00 AM – (Topic To Be Decided)
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