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Walking This Way Can Improve Your Health

Just 10 minutes a day of brisk walking may be all it takes to reduce your risk of an early death, BBC reports. With 1 in 6 deaths linked to inactivity in middle-aged and older persons, this is a compelling reason to simply get moving. Even more impressive, though, is that health officials say you can do even better by stepping up the game with a quicker pace.

I’m a huge proponent of spending as little time on your tush as possible, and I practice what I preach not only by being on my feet most of my waking hours, but by providing my employees with standing desks so they, too, have the opportunity to stand and move as they work. The bottom line is, standing up, sitting less and moving more is a proven strategy for better health.

Among the many benefits, from muscular and cardiovascular to weight control, movement and exercise can lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 36 percent if you double your exercise from 150 minutes a week to 300. Type 1 diabetics, who are insulin-dependent as their pancreas produces no insulin, also stand to gain a great deal from movement and exercise. In a small study performed over three months, researchers monitored the effect aerobic exercise — something you can achieve with fast walking and proper breathing — had on individuals with Type 1 diabetes and found definite benefits.

Couple that movement with a ketogenic diet that includes intermittent fasting, and you can be on your way to better health in no time. As I explain in my latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” the key is to eat in such a way that your body is able to burn fat as its primary fuel rather than sugars. Examples of high-quality healthy fats include olives and olive oil, coconuts and coconut oil and animal-based omega 3s, to name a few.
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