The following video poses a great question. Can you limit your resting and sitting to just 23 and 1/2 hours a day? The video is provided by a website called www.myfavouritemedicine.com. This website is written by a Toronto-based physician named Mike Evans, MD. He goes on to list all the benefits of walking 30-60 minutes a day.
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Just to go over some of the statistics of the statistics again.
Walking decreases knee arthritic disability by 47%.
Walking decreases Alzheimer’s Dementia progression by 50%.
Walking decreases progression from pre-diabetic to fully diabetic by 58%.
A 30-40% decrease in anxiety and depression with walking.
A 23% decrease in mortality risks with walking.
I feel that physical therapists’ role in the equation is that we can unlock people’s ability to exercise without pain. Any orthopedic barriers that keep you from achieving 30 minutes of activity or walking can often be eliminated with physical therapy. If you are not regularly being active or walking, you are not taking advantage of an easy opportunity to decrease disease progression and improve your health. If joint pain, orthopedic issues or pain is keeping you from being active you should seek help from a physical therapist.
Jon Hill, DPT