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Let the Detroit Lakes Library help walk your way to fitness

Walking can have benefits beyond the physical, as Danny and Katherine Dreyer explain in their new book, ChiWalking. It is one of many books on walking that are available at the DL Library.

We all know we need to stay physically active for good health, but did you realize walking could reduce the risk of many diseases?

According to an article by AARP, some of the benefits of walking are weight management, controlling your blood pressure, boosting "good" cholesterol, reducing your risk of breast cancer, stroke, heart attack and type 2 diabetes, avoiding your need for gallstone surgery, protecting against hip fracture -- and this is just a partial list!

Some studies also indicate that walking can help prevent depression, colon cancer, constipation, osteoporosis, and impotence; lengthen lifespan; lower stress levels; relieve arthritis and back pain; strengthen muscles, bones, and joints; improve sleep; and even elevate your overall mood and sense of well-being.

The AARP recommends a brisk walk for 30 minutes, 5 or more days a week. The following books will help you walk your way to good health:

• The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss and Fitness, by Mark Fenton (Walking Magazine). All you need to get fit is your own two feet -- and a copy of Mark Fenton's classic walking book, now fully revised.

• Women's Complete Guide to Walking, by Jeff Galloway. This is the ultimate guide for women who want to improve their health and fitness by getting into walking. Packed with expert advice from former Olympian Jeff Galloway and his wife Barbara, it deals with everything from getting started to keeping motivated, and from improving techniques to healthy eating.

Women's Complete Guide to Walking also provides practical information on issues that are specific to women - correct bra fitting, overcoming chaffing, exercise and pregnancy, PMS and exercise, osteoporosis, and menopause. It also presents hints and tips on fat-burning, day-to-day schedules to get you into shape, and inspirational stories of women who have worked through major challenges in their lives, empowered by exercise.

• ChiWalking, by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer. The low-impact health benefits of walking have made it one of the most popular forms of daily exercise. Yet few people experience all the benefits that walking can offer. Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well known walking and running coaches, teach the walking technique they created that transforms walking from a mundane means of locomotion into an intensely rewarding practice that enhances mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Similar to pilates, yoga, and t'ai chi, ChiWalking emphasizes body alignment and mindfulness while strengthening the core muscles of the body.

The library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

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