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New Year, New You, Tip 9: 5 reasons to take a 30 minute walk today

New Year, New You, Tip 9: 5 reasons to take a 30 minute walk today

1. Your Mood Will Improve

Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you'll experience a decrease in anger and hostility.

2. Your Creative Juices Will Flow

According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can spark creativity. "Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters."

3. Your Clothes Will Fit Better

Regular walking can help improve your body's response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat.

4. Fight Chronic Diseases

The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee found that regular walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%.

5. Your Legs Will Look Killer

Varicose veins, walking daily can help ease related swelling and restlessness in your legs. Also, if you are genetically predisposed to have varicose and/or spider veins, walking daily can help delay the onset.