3 Benefits Of Walking

 

Hippocrates famously declared that “walking is man’s best medicine”

The Greek physician known as ‘the father of medicine’ was way ahead of his time in so many ways

You can gain countless health benefits from a daily walk – and virtually no reason to not make the effort

A study at Cambridge university found 20 minutes a day cuts your risk of pre-mature death by a third

Walking is an easy, free, low-intensity activity. It’s suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels

It needs no mental preparation, gym membership or expensive equipment

All you have to do is get up, put on some shoes and go out to gain the benefits of walking

Mind

Walking is a natural mood-booster

Exercise releases happy chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins, into our brain

Being exposed to sunlight and fresh air as you walk will also lift your spirits

Your body produces vitamin D when it’s directly exposed to sunlight

We need vitamin D to absorb calcium and keep our immune systems functioning

Research also shows that vitamin D might play a key role in regulating moods and warding off depression

A brisk 20 minute walk outside, rather than on a treadmill at the gym is much more beneficial

There is also a direct link between gentle aerobic exercise, and cognitive brain function in Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferer

 

 

Health & Fitness

It’s very easy to dismiss the benefits of walking as a valuable form of exercise

Walking briskly can help you burn calories, build stamina and make your heart healthier

Even just a 10-minute brisk daily walk has huge health benefits

Walking boosts fitness, prevents weight gain and improves cardiac health

It’s low impact doesn’t put any serious stress or strain on your cardiovascular system, and its the perfect way to get your blood pumping

Walking is also said to help control high blood pressure, which is far more common than people might think

You are also 27% less likely to have a stroke if you have regular moderate exercise such as brisk walk, according to the Stroke Association

3 Benefits Of Walking

Weight Loss

To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume

Walking is a great way to burn calories and is one of the easiest, most accessible forms of exercise to incorporate into daily life

To lose weight, you should walk for a minimum of 30 minutes at least three to five days per week

The more walking you do, the more calories you burn and ultimately the more weight you can lose

A 30 minute casual half hour walk is said to burn up to 150 calories

To lose 1 pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories

If you walk more frequently or for longer periods of time you are going to lose more weight

A fit bit or a pedometer is also a great way to track your steps, but you can equally work it our by the length of time spent walking

I hope these 3 benefits have made you think about putting on your walking shoes and heading out for a stroll

In 2019 I will be taking more steps daily to help boost my general well being

 

Let me know in the comments whether or not you use purposely walk for 20 minutes a day

Do you include walking in your daily routine for any of these reasons I have mentioned?

 

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7 Comments

  1. Danielle Sedgebeer
    22/12/2018 / 21:29

    I do love going for a long walk it blows away the cobwebs😊😊

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    22/12/2018 / 22:17

    A daily walk even if its 10 minutes really makes such a difference to mental and physical wellbeing

  3. Faye Reed
    23/12/2018 / 17:14

    Great post, me qnd my 2 children are really outdoorsy and love to go for long walks through the woods or round the local lakes.

  4. Diane Wood
    25/12/2018 / 16:09

    I have dogs so a daily walk is always in order. I do it in the mornings usually and it wakes me up nicely

  5. Laura Corrall
    28/12/2018 / 14:30

    I rarely walk. I go to the gym but I rarely get out and just have a walk in the fresh air. This has really made me think. I have a fitbit so I will be aiming to up my steps by having a walk outside.

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  7. Chloe Taylor
    23/02/2019 / 18:51

    Walking really is fantastic. I suffer with anorexia (eating disorder) – so like to walk to clear my mind and get some fresh air when I’m having a tough day. xxx

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