Walking is a great exercise and it is recommended to walk at least 15-30 minutes a day. But how exactly does walking affect our bodies? Why is it important to include it in our everyday lives?
- Healthier brain, healthier mind.
One study has shown that walking provides plenty of benefits to our brains. When you walk the levels of endorphins increase thus significantly reducing the stress levels. It also supports the overall brain health and can even reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Better vision.
It might seem unusual but walking can improve your vision. It works by releasing the pressure and reducing glaucoma.
- Healthy Heart
According to the American Heart Associate, walking is beneficial for heart as running. It can help reduce risk of heart-related diseases. Walking stabilizers the blood pressure, reduces cholesterol levels and improves blood circulations.
- Increase lung volume.
When you walk, your lungs get more oxygen which then gets distributed throughout your entire body. Besides removing toxins, walking can improve the lung function thus preventing respiratory diseases.
- Healthier Pancreas
Regular walks can help maintain healthy glucose levels. It is even more efficient in preventing diabetes than running. People who walk regularly have healthier blood sugar levels than those who run.
- Improved digestion.
By walking 30 minutes a day, could not only lower the risk of colon cancer, but also improved our digestion and can relieve constipation and flatulence
- Leaner muscles
When you lose body fat your muscles become more prominent and leaner. You can achieve this by walking 10,000 steps a day. If you want to add some intensity to your walks, try walking uphill or add an interval in between. This can increase the muscle tone in various parts of your body. Also, walking is not a rigorous exercise for the body. So you will not experience soreness or wait for your muscles to heal before your continue walking.
- Strong bones and joints.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking for a healthier body. Painful and stiff joints will be relieved by walking 30 minutes a day. It will also not cause additional damage or pain and can prevent bone loss.
- Reduced back pain
High impact exercise can harm the back but not walking, by promoting blood flow to the spinal area and improving posture and flexibility of the back muscles.
- Balanced mind
If you experience mode disorders, walking can help lighten up. Walking with someone is even more helpful. Regular walks can reduce stress, depression and anxiety levels.
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