Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health.

There’s a good chance it will keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases. Going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health. Walking requires nothing but a pair of tennis shoes your mind and has tremendous mental and physical benefits.

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Benefits of Walking:

  • Your mood will Improve: Because walking outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, regular walking will change your nervous system such that you will experience a decrease in anger and hostility. More so, when you make your walk social with a friend—that interaction will help you feel more motivated which boosts mood.
  • Your thinking will be more creative: According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition; going for a walk can trigger creativity. As research have shown that walkers think more creatively than sitters.
  • Your clothes will fit better: As you continue to walk, you may notice your pants begin to fit more loosely around your midsection, walking every day is one of the most effective low-impact ways to mobilize fat and positively alter body composition.
  • You will reduce your risk of chronic disease:One of the most cited studies on walking and health, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002, found that those who walked enough to meet physical activity guidelines had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.
  • Your legs will look great: As we age, our risk of unsightly varicose veins increases—it’s just not fair. However, walking is a proven way to prevent those unsightly lines from developing. Walking strengthens the secondary circulatory system by strengthening and preserving leg muscle, boosting healthy blood flow. If you are genetically predisposed to have varicose veins, walking daily can help delay its appearance.
  • Other benefits will include: Non-reliance on caffeine to keep your digestive system going strong as you will have your walk to thank instead. That’s because a regular walking routine can greatly improve gastric mobility, to utilize core and abdominal muscles and encourage movement in our Gastro-Intestinal system.

Also, your other goals will start to seem more reachable, because you will have established a regular routine—and when you have a routine, you are more likely to continue with the activity and take on new healthy behaviors. It will also increase cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Physical activity does not have to be rigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more rigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

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Walking for fun and fitness is not limited to strolling by yourself within the neighborhood. There are various groups and clubs you can join to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.

Walking regularly will not only get you into decent shape but also do a whole lot more.

 

 

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