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“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable.  Romans 12:1

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

I started this page with these passages above because we get only one life to live and one body to live it in.  If you are reading this page you have been blessed with the gift of life.  All life comes from the creator.  The creator deserves our praise and appreciation.  On way we show appreciation is displayed in the verses above.  How we show appreciation is to take care of the gift that is given to us, our vessel. (Our bodies) 

The Walk

As we grow older our brains shrink.  Men I'm sorry but Your brains end up a little smaller than ladies brains.  With our brains getting smaller we become absent minded, dementia.  But a new study by the University of Pittsburgh and appearing in the journal Neurology suggests that just six miles a week on your feet can actually protect your brain, and improve your memory. 

So this is where I say walk to renew your mind. 

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton added on "The Early Show" that walking has been associated with overall good health. 

Walking the Best Exercise

Now that you know walking will boost your brain power what else does walking do for you. If you want to get fit, you do not have to sign up for an expensive gym membership which somehow you will not find time  to go.  You do not have to invest in exercise equipment that you will probably not use.  You have the best peice of equiptment that nature made, your two feet. 

Listed below are how you can benefit from walking.  Take your pick and get your walk on.  Remember to warm up slowly walk slowly 5 minutes.  Stretch your muscles before you walk.  Do a 5 minute cool down walk slowly when you finish. Stretch your muscles after you walk.

1. You can lose one or maybe two dress/suit sizes in one summer by a walking 30 minutes a day at least 4 to 5 times a week depending on your commitment. 

A 10 pound loss generally is a dress or suit size.    You have to just get out there and do it.  If you start a 9 to 11 fruit and vegetables a day plan and make it your life style.   You will have to eliminate greasy, salty, sweet sugary deserts and fattening foods for a lifetime. If you  Make healty food choices a permanent part of your lifestyle. Eliminate or reduce your red meat intake. Grilled not fried fish and poultry.  If you make a concretive effort to get your 9 to 11 fruits and vegetables a day along with your protein you will not have an appetite or room for junk food.

2.  Walk for just 10 minutes before you eat your lunch every day and you will lose weight. 

     Now this little trick I know works when I was still in the work force I was walking everyday for 2 weeks just for 10 minutes prior to eating lunch.  I did not weigh myself I just walked to relieve stress.  My coworkers noticed that I was losing weight and some of them joined me so they could lose weight too. 

3.  Walking can relieve magraine hadeaches.  Some migraines are from stress.  Hum That's a new one for me.

4.  Walking relieves stress

5.  Walking relieves Depression it boosts your mood.

6.  Walking relieves insomnia, helps you to sleep. 

7.  Walking lowers your blood pressure.

8.   Walking reduces your risk for heart disease

9.  Walking reduces your risk for stroke

10.  Walking reduces your risk for colon cancer

11.  Walking reduces your risk for diabetes

12.  Walking may help protect you against certain types of cancer such as breast cancer.

13.  Walking helps you burn calories.

14.  Walking actually helps your bones and joint muscles healthy

15. Walking boost your morale it raises your self esteem.

As with any exercise that you are not use to start out slowly. If you are over 50 and you do not exercise? No? OK I'm sorry. I'll start over. Ok if you have health concerns and you are currently under the care of a health care provider talk to your provider to see if it is alright for you to start walking for exercise. Your health care provider will no doubt will be pleased that you are taking the incentive to get fit. He may say: "I don't see why not walk for exercise. You walked in here didn't you?" As long as you do not have any health problems that would prevent you from starting a health care/exercise regime If you are not physically active start slowly. Do not start out trying to walk 30 minutes a day. If all you can do is 3 minutes that is good. Work your way up. A mile is run one step at a time. Make sure you get a good pair of walking shoes.  Wear socks to prevent blisters.  Wear lose fitting clothes that can breath, no rubber sweat suits to make you lose weight.  That's crazy to walk in.  Make sure you are comfortable as possiable when you are walking.   

Get up of the sofa this is for you and me too.  This summer I have fallen off the log onto the sofa.  GET OFF OUR BUTTS AND WALK!

Psssst I have a treadmill I was using until my migraines got really bad this summer 2010 with the extreme heat then the severe storms.                   (my migraine triggers)