8 Benefits of Walking
Since early times, when our nomadic ancestors ranged the land following the seasons and the food supply, walking has formed an important part of our lives. Today, it offers us a cheap way to get, and keep, fit and is one of the easiest activities to build into our daily routines. Although most of us find ourselves on our feet at some point during the day, research shows we don’t walk as much as we used to.
Walking is gentle and low-impact and it’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple, all fully able-bodied people know how to do it, and the health benefits of walking are numerous.
Everyone knows it melts your thighs and perks up your bum. But did you realize that it accomplishes some even more impressive feats from saving cash to increasing the odds of survival for breast cancer patients.
8 Benefits for making walking a part of your healthy lifestyle:
- Deflects Diabetes-Brisk walking is a significant reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. It improves insulin sensitivity especially in family related history cases.
- Increases Sex Life-Sex and exercise go hand in hand. Can increase sexual desire and sexual satisfaction.
- Saves on gym costs-Because of the economy people are dropping gym memberships. 150 minutes of moderate- intensity walking a week can help manage stress and prevent heart disease. Aim for 1,000 steps in 10 min. and up to 3000 steps in 30 min. using a pedometer.
- Can get you off prescription meds– Research has shown that those who took the longest walks were more likely to use less medication.
- Can help ease fibromyalgia pain– This condition often involves pain, fatigue, and brain fog. Research has found that those that walked 60 min., performed light exercise, and stretched 3x a week for 18 weeks reported improvement in walking, mental capacity, depression, and fatigue.
- Can help beat breast cancer– Walking regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer gives a 45% chance of survival over being inactive. Also if you exercise in the pre-cancer years, you can have a 30% more likely chance of surviving.
- Risk Strolling Reduces Stroke – Walking at a brisk pace for just 30 min. per day 5 days a week can significantly lower your risk of having a stroke.
- Can Save Your Mind-Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain. Those who expended the most energy walking had a 27% lower risk of developing dementia than people who didn’t exercise.
Never give up!
The benefits of walking far outweigh what we lose by not walking. Don’t think you can walk a bit to get fit then just give it up – walking is something we should do all our lives to keep us healthy, in good shape and mentally fit. Research suggests it takes 6 months of repeating an activity to make that activity a habit. After that time you should feel walking is just part of your normal daily routine and you will even look forward to it and miss it if you can’t get out or are injured.