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Just walking for half an hour a day will halve heart disease chances. Further to the large body of evidence that walking is great for you, a new 6 year study has shown that even just half an hour’s walking every day can cut the risk of a fatal heart attack by half. The study also found that walking was just as effective as running in reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and fighting heart disease. Previous research has also shown that the simple activity can also protect against type 2 diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Type 2 diabetes affects 2.7 million people in the UK. The risk of this can be slashed by up to 30% by walking for only 30 mins daily according to data from the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study.
Another 12 year study by Dr David Hupin, physician in the Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, France, showed that walking for even 15 minutes a day was “protective even if you have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol”.
Other recently published studies have shown how walking can precent many of the negative side-effects of ageing. Researchers at Boston University found that walking 6,000 steps or 3 miles a day could improve knee arthritis by helping to build muscle strength and flexibility and also reduce arthritic pain.
Only 25 mins of brisk walking a day could add up to 7 years to your life experts claimed recently. Also when you exercise moderately you reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack when you are in your fifties and sixties by 50%.