Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said: “Walking is the best medicine.” My personal observation of the benefits of walking started early in life when I saw my grandfather, who lived to the age of 103, walking every day.
Patients with arthritis of the knees who walk three times weekly reduce pain and disability by 47%. Patients with pre-diabetes who walk and use other healthy options such as a low-glycemic diet reduce their risk of diabetes by 58%. Walking also reduces anxiety by 48%, and is a great treatment for helping patients with insomnia. Plus walking is absolutely free. The list of benefits from walking goes on and on. Walking can even improve the economy!
Learn more below about the benefits of walking for your health. -Dr. Jake Felice
From Walking: A New Movement for Health and Happiness Published on Sunday, December 8, 2013 by Common Dreams
Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It’s been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis, Sallis told leaders at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.
“The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”
Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week. Side effects may include weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep and bowel habits, stronger muscles and bones as well as looking and feeling better.