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National Walk to Work Day: How Walking Helps with Weight Loss, Improves Health

National Walk to Work Day is the first Friday in April in the U.S.  Begun in 2004, it is building momentum year after year as more people find out and participate.  Even if you can’t walk the full distance to work, you can park a bit farther away from the entrance of the building or, if you are using public transportation, you might be able to get off at an earlier stop.  Working at home?  There’s nothing like taking a brisk walk in the neighborhood or even your own back yard!

We benefit doubly, as we could save money on transportation costs, use less energy and thus be environmentally friendly.  All this while getting some powerful health benefits and a boost with weight loss and weight management.  Here’s just one such example:

If you’re prone to being obese, spending just one hour going for a brisk walk may reduce your genetic influence by half. That’s the finding from a Harvard School of Public Health Study that was recently presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.

“In our study, a brisk one-hour daily walk reduced the genetic influence towards obesity, measured by differences in BMI by half,” study researcher Qibin Qi, Ph.D. said in a statement. “On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle marked by watching television four hours a day increased the genetic influence by 50 percent.”

The rest of the article is here.

There have been success stories in weight loss which have begun when the individual started walking again, taking those literal first seps and building up to a minimum recommended half-hour.   Check out some more surprisingly powerful benefits in the video below.

More resources on walking — and on National Walk to Work Day — how to get started, what to wear, how a pedometer can help you get in more steps, etc. are here.

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