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The More You Walk, the Longer You'll Live

As mentioned here, a Harvard Alumni study has found a link between walking more and living longer.

The benefit is hard to measure accurately but the study, conducted by Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger and his colleagues and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1986, found that people lived two hours longer for every hour of regular exercise they did. 

Two for one - a simple formula for better health. Why wouldn't you get up and walk more?

Walking is so much more than a means of getting from Point A to Point B. It's a simple physical activity that can boost your heart health and help you live longer. Research has even shown that walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have these added benefits:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer 
  • Reduce the risk on non-insulin dependant (Type 2) diabetes


A trail can be a lonely place when you're by yourself. The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is to find a friend to walk with.

Plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you've never been before.

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