Not everyone is a marathon runner, but walking has fantastic benefits on your health. Check out these ways walking is the perfect exercise!
1. Lowers Disease – So many diseases can be reduced or improved with walking, including some cancers, asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The British Medical Journal documented how an increase of steps each day can help ward of diabetes. Dr. Yusuf Mosuro also comments that regular exercise can reduce the risk of disease by up to 60% and walking is arguably the easiest and cheapest form of exercise. Active people don’t get sick as often, with almost a 20% lower risk of developing colon or breast cancer. Dementia is something else that can be reduced by up to 40% by walking and staying active. Walking also stimulates and strengthens bones, increasing their density and thus decreasing the risk of osteoporosis. So many diseases can be prevented and reduced by walking!
2. Weight Management – So many people exercise to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Walking is perfect for that. Walking is low-impact and can be done without any equipment. Companies around the world encourage their employees to walk around while working, walk outside during breaks and to keep exercise as part of their lifestyle. With phone applications to log steps and calories burned and devices like FitBit, Jump, and pedometers, people can compete against friends and coworkers for steps reached that day. Walking is almost a fad, a very healthy fad.
3. Mentally Stimulating – “Exercise makes people happy” says Dr. Yusuf Mosuro. Exercise generally does make people happy, it improves their mood. Several studies have shown that regular, moderately intense exercise can be as effective as medicine in cases of mild to moderate depression. People with a history of mental health issues find enjoyment and relaxation in waking outside, particularly where there is something green and pretty to look at. Just imagine if everyone went walking to improve their mood!
4. Muscle Tone – Walking is a low-impact way to tone your entire body. Walking doesn’t target just one muscle group, it hits them all, from your arms to your back to your legs to your bottom. A good walking routine can bring definition and muscle tone to your calves, glutes, hamstrings, and quads. Fitness experts agree that focusing on your posture can also help strengthen your core. Lengthening your spine while walking helps tone your abs and the natural rotation of your shoulders works the obliques. The speed in which you walk comes from your arms. The faster your swing the faster you walk, the swing also tones your arms, shoulders and upper back. Adding some hand weights increase the muscle’s work and therefore the results.
Dr. Yusuf Mosuro recommends you speak with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your exercise routine. But if you are healthy and able to begin walking daily, start walking your way to a healthier life, start today!