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Anna Portela: A 30 Minute Walk Per Day Works Wonders

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I've been walking about 30 minutes a day for the last several years, and throughout that time discovered, not only did I feel better after the walk, but the endorphins had kicked in, thus making me feel calmer and more mentally alert. Actually, during the walks I had, and still have, the capacity to think and sort out issues in a better fashion than if I were just sitting at home.

Not only are these daily walks highly recommended by health professionals, good for everything from your lungs and heart to your legs, but they give you some fresh air to breathe and they carry the extreme benefit of maintaining your weight. In my case I haven't actually shed, pounds but I certainly haven't gained them; I have been able to stay at a desirable weight.

My walk routine involves the morning hours after breakfast because then I can carry on for the rest of the day with the satisfaction of knowing I did something very healthy. There are times when I simply will not walk because it's too cold or I just don't feel like it. After all I am a mere mortal like everyone else. The next day however, I make sure I get out there and walk. My dog Luna comes with me on all the walks so they can be a little adventuresome, what with tugging and the spotting of other canines.

The fact that you can get to know your neighbors and check out what's going on in the environment comprise an added bonus. I once met a woman who had a couple of dogs, one of which was a pit bull, as well as a rooster and a hen - all pets. I asked her how they got along and she replied that the dogs were afraid of the rooster and therefore gave the hen wide berth. The things you can find out whilst walking.

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