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Walking has become like breathing to most of us-we just do it and we don’t pay any attention to it. But when you actually start to track just how much you’re walking, well, your world becomes a whole new world. Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body. Not only is it great exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise, it also has many benefits for your whole person. Walking improves fitness, controls weight, reduces stress, and improves bone density. Research demonstrates that walking is truly the perfect, all-around exercise. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of walking on not only our fitness levels but also on our brain health , possibly even delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s . Some of the world’s greatest thinkers were also walkers. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a dedicated walker, and his writings have influenced generations. The act of walking can stimulate your brain by giving it more of the oxygen it needs to generate new ideas. Walking can be a great time to organize your thoughts and plan your day.

The reasons people choose to walk for exercise and continue walking are both numerous and varied. Our text lists many reasons for choosing walking as a form of exercise. The listed below are a couple of websites that also offer good information if you haven’t received your text yet. Read the book or one of these articles and then talk about what you have learned in the discussion board. What do you think are the 3 most important reasons to encourage a fitness walking program for our children? Why would you choose walking as a form of exercise? There are no right or wrong answers to this prompt. Make sure you put the article address you read at the bottom of your discussion post or the pages in the text that you found your information. Copy and paste one of these web addresses into the address bar of a new window and then read the article.

Walking Programs (Links to an external site.)

Kids Get Smarter With Exercise (Links to an external site.)

USA Government (Links to an external site.)

Fun Walking with Kids (Links to an external site.)

Take a Family Walk (Links to an external site.)

Physical and Psychological Benefits of Walking (Links to an external site.)

Walking a Little Can Go a Long Way (Links to an external site.)

Health Benefits of Walking (Links to an external site.)

Daily Walk Can Add Years to Your Life