|National Walk To Work Day: 5 Great Health Benefits Of Walking|
Why should you bother? The latest research shows that walking, specifically, is associated with everything from diabetes prevention to lowering cholesterol to improving mood.
It May Help Prevent Obesity
If you're prone to being obese, spending just one hour going for a brisk walk may reduce your genetic influence by half. That's the finding from a Harvard School of Public Health Study that was recently presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.
"In our study, a brisk one-hour daily walk reduced the genetic influence towards obesity, measured by differences in BMI by half," study researcher Qibin Qi, Ph.D. said in a statement. "On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle marked by watching television four hours a day increased the genetic influence by 50 percent."
Not only is it helpful to get moving from behind your desk -- it might be harmful to stay slumped over your computer instead.