A new study conducted by researchers at Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support suggests that walking for just 20 minutes daily could prevent as many as 37,000 deaths due to cancer, heart disease and stroke. A number of studies have found that the benefits of walking not only extend to gaining a healthy lifestyle, but also reduce risk of breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. A recent study conducted by American researchers had found that walking for an hour every day can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women over 50 by 14 percent. According to the study, physical inactivity is the cause for over 17 percent of deaths in UK and walking for 20 minutes every day can help prevent 7,000 cases of breast cancer, 5,000 cases of bowel cancer, 295,000 cases of diabetes and avoid the need for emergency treatment in 12,000 heart disease patients apart from preventing 36,815 premature deaths every year. "People who stay active are less stressed, sleep better, have a 30 per cent lower risk of getting depressed and reduce their risk of developing dementia. Physical inactivity now rivals smoking as one of the nation's biggest health problems", the researchers wrote in their report. Source: Medindia << Phenomenon of Metabolically Healthy Obesity may be Clarifie... Female Doctors in Australia Face Sexual Harassment from Pat... >> Recommended Reading Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Top Thirty Quick and Easy Health Tips Follow these quick and easy health tips to stay active and healthy all through your life. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Doctor Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?