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Walk to Avoid Seasonal Weight Gain, Colds and Flu

December 15, 2013

If you want to check holiday weight gain and beat cold and flu season, add a brisk walk to your daily routine.

walkingA frequently cited study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that their study group gained less than one pound during the holidays. For most people, holiday weight gain can top five to 10 pounds. Whether it is one pound or several, the extra weight over the years adds up to a lot of holiday cheer hanging around our midsections and increases our risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

In an article published by Appalachian State University (ASU), David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, director of the ASU Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus, explained that his research findings prove that a brisk walk of 20 minutes or more taken five or more times a week boosts the immune system and “rises above all other lifestyle factors in lowering sick days during the winter and fall cold seasons.”

So rev up your immune system and keep your weight under control by adding brisk walks to your holiday plans and preparations.

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