When was the last time you went out for a walk? Can’t remember? Well, after reading this article you are surely going to make walking a part of your daily routine.
What’s not to like about walking? It’s free, it’s easy to do, and it’s easy on the joints. And there’s no question that walking is good for you.
Taking a good walk for a few minutes a day has several health benefits ranging from de-stressing and weight loss to lowering blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of various diseases and it can also boost your energy and mood.
Walking daily will improve your overall health by working on all the muscles of the body and burning calories. To measure how much you are walking daily, use a pedometer or physical activity tracker that will show you how many steps you are walking.
In addition, studies show that if you walk regularly and quickly enough, it could be the only aerobic exercise you need to keep your heart and lungs healthy.
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In this article, I’ll be writing about the health benefits of walking
10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING
- Burn Calories and Aids in Weight Loss
Walking increases your heart rate, causing you to extend energy and burn calories just like other forms of physical activity like swimming, cycling, or running.
Can walking reduce belly fat? Well, the answer is YES. Walking is a low-intensity exercise that can actually help in losing weight and reducing belly fat. A study shows that people who are physically active burn more calories.
2. Lower’s Alzheimer’s Risk
This is also called senile dementia. It is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
A study found those men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than those who walked less.
3. Helps Lower Blood Sugar
Short walks can yield big benefits. One study showed that walking after each meal, for only 15-20 minutes helped improve blood sugar levels. And it did so more than a single 45 minutes walk.
4. Boost Immune System
Walking briskly and regularly can also help protect you from getting a cold, the flu or other immune-related illnesses.
5. Improve Sleep
Studies found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took one-hour morning walks, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk.
6. It can Ease Joint Pain
Walking not only helps keep your joints lubricated and healthy. It also helps you strengthen the surrounding muscles. If your knees don’t love running then walking can be a win-win.
7. Strengthens the Heart
Walking at least 30minutes a day, five days a week can reduce your risk for heart disease.
8. Creative Thinking
Walking may help clear your head and help you think creatively. Researchers found participants did better while walking; they concluded that walking opens up a free flow of ideas and is a simple way to increase creativity and get physical activity at the same time.
9. Strengthens your Legs
Want stronger, more toned legs? Start by walking – then pick up the pace or find a hilly route to boost the strength building benefits.
10. Boost your Energy
Walking increases oxygen flow through the body. It can also increase levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norephinephrine. Those are the hormones that help elevate energy levels.
Going for a walk when you’re tired may be a more effective energy boost than grabbing a cup of coffee.
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I have a question for you……When is the best time to go for a walk? (Morning or Evening)
I love going for walks in the Evening
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