February is national American Heart Health month so to honor that we thought we would post heart healthy blogs throughout the month.  First up, 100 Reasons to Walk!

  1. Reduces blood pressure
  2. Lowers cholesterol
  3. Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol)
  4. Reduces heart attacks (by 86% combined with other factors)
  5. Increases efficiency of heart 
  6. Makes our heart muscle stronger
  7. Lowers heart rate
  8. Strengthens lungs
  9. Improves respiratory function
  10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance
  11. Provides more oxygen to body, including organs and muscles
  12. Provides more nutrient supply to the body
  13. Reduces strokes (by up to 50%)
  14. Helps to alleviate varicose vein pain
  15. Increases your metabolism
  16. Stimulates digestion
  17. Makes digestion more efficient
  18. Stimulates intestinal movements, resulting in better elimination of wastes
  19. Reduces chances for colon cancer
  20. Strengthens and develops muscles
  21. Increases efficiency of muscles
  22. Benefits joints due to stronger muscles
  23. Helps maintain cartilage health in the joints
  24. Eases muscular tension
  25. Alleviates back problems
  26. Increases muscle flexibility and agility
  27. Improves speed of muscle contraction and reaction time
  28. Healthier skin due to the fact that skin pores open more during exercise, resulting in more efficient removal of dirt and impurities
  29. Burns up and removes toxins from body
  30. Increases blood flow to the brain
  31. Stimulates growth of nerve cells in memory center of the brain
  32. Improves various indexes of psychological functioning
  33. Enhances brain functioning by increasing the amount of oxygen available to it
  34. Increases sense of well being
  35. Increases resistance to pain because endorphin levels are elevated
  36. Increases sense of excitement because hormone epinephrine is elevated
  37. Alleviates boredom
  38. Lessens worry and tension
  39. Reduces stress by removing lactic acid from blood
  40. Alleviates anxiety and/or pain because tranquilizing effect of exercise lasts for several hours
  41. Enhances mood
  42. Excellent opportunity to enhance social network
  43. Boosts energy
  44. Improves self-esteem and self-confidence since body and mind are improved and strengthened
  45. Increases sense of self control
  46. Provides source of pleasure and fun
  47. Releases anger and negative emotions
  48. Reduces depression more effective than short or long-term psychotherapy
  49. Enhances coordination, power, timing and balance
  50. Boosts immune system functioning
  51. Reduces severity of asthma
  52. Improves functioning of organs
  53. Can relieve headaches
  54. Can reduce the urge to smoke because the adrenaline rush and stress relief from a brief workout can replace similar feelings smokers get from tobacco
  55. Burns calories
  56. Causes body to use calories more efficiently
  57. Causes weight loss
  58. Allows one to keep lost weight from returning
  59. Can act as an appetite suppressant
  60. Decreases fat tissue
  61. Improves physical appearance
  62. Enhances one’s image and opinion of the body
  63. Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis
  64. Reduces joint discomfort
  65. Help manage arthritis
  66. Allows one to feel better about their bodies and enjoy sex more as a result
  67. Provides enhanced ability to achieve orgasm
  68. Allows for greater sexual satisfaction
  69. Can reduce or eliminate impotence due to increased blood flow
  70. Prevents or manages type 2 diabetes
  71. Helps insulin work better, lowering blood sugar
  72. Has a significant effect on fibrinogen levels
  73. Alleviates menstrual cramps
  74. Improves athletic performance
  75. Can add years to one’s life
  76. Enhances quality of life
  77. Reduces pain and disability
  78. Improves glycogen storage
  79. Reduces risk of developing certain types of cancers of the colon, prostate, uterine lining and breast and other chronic diseases
  80. Regulates hormones
  81. Allows you to overcome illness or injury more quickly
  82. Can lessen medical bills
  83. Reduces anxiety by causing fewer worries about health
  84. Creates better performance at work
  85. Allows one to stay independent as they get older
  86. Keeps health care insurance premiums lower
  87. Makes one more attractive to potential mates
  88. Allows for healthy pregnancy
  89. Increases energy
  90. Allows you to be more productive and less stymied by stress and depression
  91. Can help make possible increased income due to increased energy
  92. Allows one to become more familiar with their body and its functioning
  93. Can stimulate you mentally
  94. Lets one eat more without gaining weight
  95. Increases productivity at work
  96. Adds variety and spice to life
  97. Gives one increased ability to defend oneself and loved ones if needed
  98. Provides a natural high afterwards, such as runners’ high
  99. Provides heightened alertness 
  100. Reduces inflammation 
  101. The Surgeon General Encourages Us to Step It Up!