Most of us will agree that walking is fun, right? It’s relaxing. And most importantly, it’s good for our health. But what exactly are the health benefits of walking? Well, keep reading…
Benefit #1 Burn Calories And Maintain A Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is a struggle many of us face. Walking can be another tool that helps you drop those extra kilos/pounds. Yes, you’ll still need to eat healthy and maybe incorporate some more exercise, but if you combine with walking, particularly fast-pace and doing it regularly, you can get to and maintain a healthy weight.
Benefit #2 Strengthens Your Bones and Muscles
If you read our article, Get into the habit of walking without hurting yourself, you will recall our point walking is the perfect low impact form of exercise. It helps to strengthen and tone your body muscles. If you’re just starting out on exercise, walking is all you need to start to get into better shape. With time, or as you get more fit, you could add weight lifting exercises in addition to your daily walks and you’ll continue to get stronger and develop strong muscles and bones.
Benefit #3 Improves Your Sense Of Balance And Coordination
They say walking particularly on steep slopes or rough landscapes improves your sense of balance and coordination. Even better if you move your head around while at it.
Simple exercise – turn your head to the right and left as you walk (do this 30times). Then move your head up and down, again 30 times. Doing these simple exercises once or twice as you walk each day you’ll get even more benefit.
Benefit #4 Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression
The exercise of walking releases endorphins that will help lift your mood and can even reduce depression. Give this a try – next time you’re feeling tired or are in a bad mood, put on those sneakers and take a walk. You’ll be surprised at the brain chemistry boost and the happier you’ll feel afterwards. It works like a charm.
Benefit #5 Sunshine and Vitamin D
If you’re walking outside, you get some fresh air. No matter how fast or slow you walk, you will feel better as your body absorbs the oxygen and sunshine. Both are important for your health and well-being.
Another very important aspect, as medical professionals will tell us, sunshine provides us with the Vitamin D our bodies need. Apparently we only get a bit of Vitamin D from our food, adequate amounts come from the sun.
So get out there and enjoy the sun, you’ll help yourself with the product your body requires.
Benefit #6 Improves heart and cardiovascular – It is believed walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week can halve the risk of heart disease. It also reduces stress, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Benefit #7 Improves Athritis – Apparently walking can reduce pain, improve function/mobility/mood and quality of life without worsening arthritis symptoms.
I’m sure by now you’re convinced that heading out for a walk each day is a great idea.
Have the above points motivated you to stick to your walking schedule?
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