Many of you know and understand that walking and exercise, in general, is good for your heart and overall well-being. What you don’t know is there are a lot more benefits than just these. Below we are going to list seven things you didn’t know about walking.
- Heart Health- Most people are aware of this one, but there’s a little more to it than just strengthening your heart. It also helps lower your bad cholesterol and raises your good cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Doctors say thirty minutes of brisk walking each day is all you need to keep your heart in check. This, in turn, will help you with your high blood pressure which can lead to strokes, reducing your chances by up to twenty-seven percent.
- Dementia- Walking can help older people by reducing their risk of dementia by allowing the brain not to shrink, preserving memory. Dementia affects one in fourteen people over the age of sixty-five, so it’s a good idea to keep walking even into your older years.
- Vitamin D- Walking can improve vitamin D levels. Many people in the UK have issues with vitamin D deficiency which helps support immune and bone health. Many of us could use getting outdoors more.
- Mood- Walking can boost your mood. Researchers have shown that 30 minutes of brisk walking each day can be just as effective at boosting your mood as taking antidepressants. Walking releases endorphins into your body that helps reduce stress and anxiety. This is a two for one; you can reduce dementia and improve your mood all for just 30 minutes of your time.
- Energy- Yes, walking can boost your energy. Now I know you’re saying if I exercise I’m going to be tired. This is true after walking, but in the long term, you will begin to notice your stamina and energy improve while doing a task. Walking helps improve your circulation and oxygen levels, in turn providing your body with the energy it needs to keep going.
- Toning- Walking can improve the toning of muscles in your body, specifically your legs, glutes, and stomach. If you incorporate inclined walking such as uphill or inclined positions on a treadmill, you increase this toning even further. To improve your stomach muscles though you need to pay attention to your posture as you’re walking to actually target this area.
- Lower Risk Of Diabetes- Walking regularly can reduce your risk of type two diabetes by sixty percent, and gives you a twenty percent reduction in getting colon, breast, or uterine cancer.
As you can see, walking is more than getting from point a to point b, it offers many different benefits that most people aren’t aware of. You would think walking would be a natural thing for most people but with the age of technology, vehicles, and the internet, most things are available right at our fingertips, eliminating the need to move at all. We’re confident you learned at least one thing about walking you may not have known before, and we hope to see you, walking.