Walking really is great exercise

There’s no form of exercise more natural than walking.
It’s so simple and easy to do that some people might not even consider it good exercise, but in fact regular walking is extremely beneficial.
Here are seven of the top benefits of walking.
* Walking can help lower the so-called “bad” cholesterol – low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
* Walking can help raise the “good” cholesterol – high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
* Walking can help lower your blood pressure.
* Walking can help reduce your risk of, or manage, type 2 diabetes.
* Walking can help you burn calories and manage your weight.
* As with other forms of exercise, walking can actually help improve your mood.
* Walking can even help reduce the risk of a heart attack. All it takes is just 30 minutes of walking a day, according to the American Heart Association.
Whether you walk around your block, on a treadmill, or go hiking, do it solo or with a group, walking is a great way to have fun and improve your health.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com