Continued from Page 17 pressure by nearly 11 points in 24 weeks , while women who walk for 30 minutes a day can reduce their risk of stroke by 20 percent .
• Walking strengthens the bones . New York-based Plancher Orthopedics and Sports Medicine notes that walking can stop the loss of bone mass for people with osteoporosis . In addition , post-menopausal women who incorporate 30 minutes of walking into their daily fitness regimens can reduce their risk of hip fractures by 40 percent .
• Walking can extend your life . The AF notes that one study linked walking to longer life expectancy , finding that people who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties were 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than people who never walked .
• Walking can improve mood . One study from researchers at California State University , Long Beach , found that the more steps people taking during the day , the better their moods were .
• Walking can lower risk for cognitive decline . Walking also has been linked to a lower risk for age-related cognitive decline . A study from the University of Virginia Health System found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per
day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer ’ s disease compared to men who walked less . In addition , a study from researchers at the University of California , San Francisco , found that age-related memory decline was lower among women ages 65 and older who walked 2.5 miles per day than it was among women who walked less than half a mile per week .
Foot traffic increased as people were forced to find new ways to exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic . Walking is a great way to stay in shape and even provides some lesser known benefits for people who walk each day .
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