With the new way of lifestyle and we the daily duties and habits nowadays, people are mainly in a sitting position and have less and less exercise and physical activities. With the easy access to almost every information that people have available with the power of the Internet, they do not need to go here and there, they will just click on their computers or touch their smartphones, and the work is done. But this is not good for the health and for the general condition of your bodies. This can lead to serious health issues and conditions.
We are all aware that we have less and less time to go to the gym or to ride a bike, but we have one simple exercise that you can do at any time without putting much effort – walking.
Walking is a low-impact, gentle exercise; it is free, easy and available to everyone!
Walking can be beneficial for your health and fitness. By at least 15 minutes of walk every day you can prevent numerous diseases and health conditions. There are number of studies and researches that prove and confirm that walking can make you live longer.
For example, one study whose participants were aged 60 and overshowed that those participants who did at least 15 minutes of exercise a day have reduced their risk of dying early by 22% unlike those who did not practice exercising at all.
Read below the benefits of walking.
- Strengthens your heart
It is a great cardio exercise and it lowers the bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and increases good (HDL) cholesterol. 30 minutes of walking can prevent and control blood pressure which can cause stroke.
- Lowers disease risk
Walking on regular basis can reduce the risk of developing colon, breast or womb cancer by 20%.
- Helps you lose weight
By walking at 2 mph for 30 minutes you can lose approximately 75 calories, and by 30 minutes of walking at 30 mph you can lose 100 calories. Incorporate walking into your daily routine and you will soon see the results.
- Prevents dementia
Six miles or more of walking per week can preserve or even improve memory as the years pass. Since 1 in 14 people aged 65 and over, or 1 in 6 over 80 years, are affected by dementia, we recommend you to start walking as of tomorrow!
- Tones up legs, bums and tums
Walking defines calves, quads, and abs. Just pay attention to your posture and keep on walking. The results are amazing!
- Boosts Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for the health of the bones and the improvement of the immune system. Therefore, walking is perfect way to enjoy the nature, the outdoors, while absorbing vitamin D.
- Gives you energy
Walking is believed to be one of the best ways to boost up with energy. It improves blood circulation and increases oxygen supply to the cells. So, try walking during your lunch breaks, or practice frequent short breaks during working hours.
- Makes you happy
Walking boosts your mood. According to some studies, walking is effective as antidepressants. During walking endorphins releases and reduce stress and anxiety. Therefore, if you want to keep your mental health in a good condition, walking is a must!