Ok so maybe walking —  just about anyone can do it does not include hiking up a mountain and walking out on a ledge.  May not be so good for your blood pressure if you are afraid of heights.  Walking around the block, walking in the mall, walking in the park, walking around the lake, walking the golf course, walking the pathways around a river, walking around the world (just kidding) but you get the idea.  The opportunities are endless.  Medical Insurance providers do not ask if you walk.  Nor do they ask if you exercise.  Your doctor does though.

Unless you have a physical impairment that prevents you from walking almost anyone can participate. Lots of Medical Insurance carriers even sponsor walks.  Walk for your heart, walk for breast cancer, walk for muscular dystrophy, walk for fill in the blanks.  Walking is a great way to control your weight which in turn helps to keep your Medical Insurance premiums on the more reasonable side.  Walking is good for your heart which will help to keep you off the blood pressure pills and out of surgery which also makes your Medical Insurance carrier happy.  Exercise in general helps to support better mental health because you are out in the sunshine getting fresh air.  Again, making your Medical Insurance carrier happy because you probably won’t need those p ills for depression anymore.  Walking will lower your chances of getting Type ll diabetes and help to keep your cholesterol count low.  Another reason for your Medical Insurance provider to smile.

Walking has social benefits too. You can do it in a group.  You can talk while you walk.  You can walk your dog while you walk and meet other dog lovers and walkers.  Social contact improves your well being and relieves a feeling of isolation.  If you really don’t like other people that much you can listen to music.  Studies have shown that listening to music does wonderful things to improve your mood and outlook on life.  While you are busy walking and getting healthier you probably won’t have to use your Medical Insurance doctor co-pays that often because you will be feeling so good.

Mayo Clinic has some great tips on how to get started on a walking program.  Here is one of them:

Start slow and easy.  If you’re a seasoned walker, keep doing what you’re doing. If you’ve been inactive and tire easily, it’s best to start slow and easy.  At first, walk only as far or as fast as you find comfortable.  If you can walk for only a few minutes, let that be your starting point.  For example, you might try short daily sessions of five to 10 minutes twice a week.  Then, over several weeks’ time, you can gradually work your way up to 30 or 60 minutes of walking most days of the week.”

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