Walktober (Month of October) – The power of Walking for a healthier you

Walktober (Month of October) – The power of Walking for a healthier you

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There’s an exercise that we’ve been doing our whole lives – it gets us to where we need to go, doesn’t hurt our joints and is easy enough to do with family and friends!

Have you run out of guesses yet? It could only be one exercise – walking!

Walktober is a month-long celebration of walking, and there’s never been a better time to lace up your shoes and hit the road.  Still not convinced? We’ve put together some of the benefits of walking and how it can help you become healthier and fitter today.

Live a longer life!

There’s no age barrier when it comes to increasing your daily step count.  Walking has consistently been shown to help increase the chances of a longer, healthier life, with one prospective cohort study showing that walking at least 2 hours per week was associated with a 39%-54% reduction in the incidence of premature death from any cause[1].

Walking to help weight loss

Whether you’re exercising for weight loss or just to spend more time with family and friends, it’s nice to know that your daily walk is helping you shed some extra pounds. 

A recent study found a positive link between walking and weight loss, with higher levels of walking associated with a higher likelihood of weight loss and weight maintenance.[2] It’s further proof that walking is an easy way to unlock your fitness potential!

Improve your overall health by walking

Although we may look healthy on the outside, it’s worth taking the steps to make sure that we feel just as good as we look.  Walking for exercise is commonly linked to lowering diseases of the heart and improving general body function.

In an American study that focused on the combined benefits of walking whilst playing golf, walking was shown to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals by combating a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle has proven to be a primary risk factor for hypokinetic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity and certain types of cancers.[3]

Enjoy a low-risk exercise!

One study reported that greater amounts of walking are not associated with a greater injury risk[4], making walking a great option for those who are recovering from an injury or entering a new stage in their fitness journey. 

Walking is considered a low-impact exercise, meaning it doesn’t add any extra stress to your muscles, bones or joints – so you can walk for hours with the knowledge that you’ll be able to get straight back into it the next day. 

Wherever your two feet may take you, it’s important that you maintain healthy energy levels so you can get the most out of your exercise.  Supplementing with Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) could be an option that supports you and your lifestyle.  

Supplementing with Ubiquinol may support normal, healthy cardiovascular function as well as healthy cholesterol levels in healthy people.

Always read the label. User only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/

[2] https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/89/1/15/4598233

[3] https://www.uky.edu/chs/sites/chs.uky.edu/files/SMRI/Publications/Sell_WSCG_2008_Physical%20Activity-Related%20Benefits%20of%20Walking%20During%20Golf.pdf

[4] DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31817c65d0

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