Everyone is looking for that one simple serum that will increase their lifespan, reduce ageing and boost their health. Unfortunately, solely listening to Alphaville or Jay Z on repeat for the rest of your life will not help to achieve your goal to remain forever young. Practising intermittent fasting and maintaining a healthy diet are some excellent ways to achieve the above, but what about exercise?
Walking & the European Society of Cardiology
This past September, Dr Mercola revealed on his website that research presented at the European Society of Cardiology demonstrated that daily walking of at least 20 – 25 minutes would add 7 years to your lifespan!  Walking was also found to trigger an anti-aging process and repair old DNA.  The study’s author, Dr Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, told The Independent,
We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia. 
Benefits of Walking
Walking is also beneficial as it:
- releases natural pain-killing endorphins;
- boosts your mood;
- improves sleep;
- supports joint health;
- minimises premenstrual symptoms;
- reduces stress;
- improves circulation, blood pressure and blood sugar levels; as well as
- maintains body weight and lowers the risk of obesity. 
An Introspective Exercise
Personally, I try to walk as much as possible, or in Shakira’s words – whenever, wherever! This past year, I’d look forward to the days I could walk, even if it was for 5 minutes in front of our home. When my mobility was limited and I required a wheelchair for longer distances, one of my brothers would wheel me to a nearby park and I’d walk using my cane. Nothing beats time spent walking beneath the sun or on the boardwalk by the lake.
Walking also doubles as an introspective exercise. I use the time to recalibrate and figure out “next steps” to achieve any goals I have set, or how I can better myself and help those around me.
I must admit, I also get super excited for “outdoors time” because it’s a perfect excuse to get dolled-up. I’d usually put on a pair of trainers and a casual outfit, but when you’ve been bedbound, you grab any opportunity to dress up and put on a bit of lipstick.
As the saying goes, when you look good, you feel good!
Dress: Vera Moda
Faux Leather & Faux Fur Jacket: Kate Cooper
Riding Boots: Ralph Lauren
Black Tights: Marks & Spencer
References   http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/09/11/daily-walk-benefits.aspx  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/a-daily-walk-can-add-seven-years-to-your-life-10478821.html
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