8 Reasons Why Walking Is Good For Your Health

Walking: only one foot at a time leaves contact with the ground!

8 Reasons Why Walking Is Good For Your Health.

I try to go for a daily walk of at least half an hour.
No pill can beat that!
I feel it is beneficial to my heart and lungs and memory.
And it’s splendid for my mood. 😉
Especially when I walk together with someone else.

Why Walking Is Good For Your Health

Walking together with my wife Karin in Nationaal Park De Groote Peel

Walking is good for a lot of things.
Your heart, blood vessels, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone and muscle, weight, and memory, all improve.
Walking at least half an hour every day doesn’t have to be difficult.

Why is walking healthy? How healthy is walking?

The American doctor Mike Evans gathered all the research on these questions and made a compelling movie that you can find on YouTube (go to www.youtube.com and search for “Dr. Mike Evans’ and ’23 and ½ hours).
His conclusion: daily walking delivers a dramatic improvement in health.

For those who don’t have a good starting condition, the best advice is to gradually build up your walking rhythm.
Walk upright and relaxed at an easy to maintain pace.
Let your arms move smoothly along.
No need to start waving your arms firmly.

The condition of your lungs and heart benefit from brisk walking.
Your maximum heart rate may rise to 170 beats per minute, minus your age.
For a 60-year-old, for example, this means a heart rate of 110.
If you like you can experiment with different tempos.
For instance, one minute quick and then two minutes at your normal pace.

Not everyone feels sporty, but we can all walk.
The positive impact of walking on our body and mind is huge. Moreover, it can be done at any age.
You can do it always and everywhere, it is free, and you do not need special equipment,

Do you have a dog?
It can be your motivation to put on your walking shoes daily.

Don’t you have a dog to take out for a walk?
Then read the following argument.
You will have everything it takes to motivate yourself.
Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that’s free, easy, and available to everyone.
I listed some benefits of walking below.

1.Walking is good for your heart

The first reason why walking is good for your health.
Walking puts the heart and circulatory system in motion and helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
A healthy heart muscle is pumping more blood through our veins with less effort.
The result is improved circulation, better-controlled blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and less cholesterol build-up in blood vessel walls.

Walking regularly reduces your risk of a stroke or a heart disease.
It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

It also lowers blood pressure.
The ability of the lungs to absorb oxygen increases.

A brisk 30-minute walk every day, according to the Stroke Association, helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk considerably.

Additionally, it also supports the digestive system, as the blood spreads across the stomach and intestines so that everything works better.
A brisk walk makes you digest food better and reduces the risk of constipation.

2. Walking is kind to your body

When you walk easily with a pair of comfortable shoes on your feet, you have little chance get an injury.
Walking is simply a natural activity that does not overload the muscles or joints.
In other sports, the body has to endure a lot.
Running and jumping can lead to severe shocks with sometimes painful injuries as a result.
When you walk the chance of injury is minimal.
Do not force yourself while walking.
Move with a relaxed attitude and enjoy the moment.
Breathe in and out and try to let go your mind as much as possible. Concentrate on your senses and take the environment in.

3. Walking lowers risk of getting a disease

Walking regularly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent.
And you are 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb.

4. Walking helps you lose weight

An hour walking (5 k/ph) will burn about 240 kilocalories.
By walking daily for half an hour, you can lose weight considerably: one kilo in two months and six kilos in one year.
Therefore, incorporate a short walk into your daily routine, and you’ll lose weight in no time.

Those who regularly walk for an extended period train many different muscle groups that help them burn fat.
It is better to walk long and slow if you want to lose weight.

Daily walking also stimulates metabolism and is good to avoid constipation.

Walking helps you lose weight

Walking helps me lose weight

5. Walking is good for the brain

Walking six miles or more per week helps older people to more likely avoid brain shrinkage.
It also seems to help to preserve memory as the year’s pass.
Since dementia affects many, we reckon walking is a pretty great idea.
In individuals who stay active throughout their lives, physically (and mentally), the risk of Alzheimer’s disease is reduced by 20 to 50 percent.
Even for those who are already demented, walking is healthy.

Walkers are happier, and their memory functions are better.

It also stimulates brain activity and works against mental decline.
New brain cells are created during walking, and it also increases the communication between the cells.
Just in the area where the aging strikes, the connectivity is stimulated, so that the brain will rejuvenate instead of age.

6. Walking tones up bums, tums, and legs and relaxes your joints

Walking strengthens muscles and bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones).
It helps give your calves, quads, and hamstrings definition while lifting your bum muscles with a good, regular walk.
When you manage to add hill walking into the mix, it becomes even more effective.
Pay attention to your posture, and you’ll also tone your abs and waist.

The message is clear:

Moving is essential for the body!Click To Tweet
Only half an hour per day has been making a world of difference.
It goes without saying that walking improves the general condition of the muscles, joints, and bones.
The muscles including those of the back, legs, and abdomen are practiced without the risk of overloading.
In certain sports shocks on your knees and ankles pose a real threat to your body, but with walking this is impossible.
Cartilage and tissue around the joints are gently trained and makes muscles more flexible.
According to US research people who exercise regularly even live a few years longer.

7. Walking gives vitamin D a boost

Many people are vitamin D deficient.
This affects important things like bone health and our immune systems.
That means we have to get outside more often.
Enjoy the outdoor walks while getting your vitamin D fix.

8. Walking gives you extra energy

Here’s the last reason why walking is good for your health.
A brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers.
It helps you to feel more alert and alive by boosting circulation and increasing oxygen supply to every cell in your body.

Oxygen is one of the most vital nutrients for our body. And it’s free!

Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.

Fresh air clears the lungs.
Constantly being in a building and breathing the same air is not exactly healthy.
Some fresh air will do wonders to your body and your mind.
Your lungs take in fresh oxygen and get purified.
Preferably, go walking in places with clean air, by the sea, in the woods or countryside.
Breathe deeply in and out while walking, so you can feel the air fill your lungs.
If you go walking regularly, you will increase the oxygen uptake ability of your body.

Get happy walking!

Exercise boosts your mood.
That is correct.

In mild to moderate cases of depression a brisk walk can be just as effective as antidepressants. Click To Tweet
Walking releases the feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety at the same time.
Walking is an absolute must for a positive mental health,

Many of the health effects only occur when you walk an extended period every day.
But when you begin today you will immediately feel more relaxed and get a better mood.

Happy walking!

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Raymond has a masters degree in Economy and Clinical Psychology.
He reads a lot and loves to cycle and run (when the sun shines).
He enjoys travelling and cooking amongst many other things.
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