Walking is a great exercise and it is recommended to walk atleast 15-30 minutes. But how exactly does walking affects our bodies? Why is it important to include it in our everyday lives?
1. Improves digestion.
By walking 30 minutes a day lowers the risk of colon cancer, improve our digestion and relieve constipation and flatulence.
2. Strong bones and joints.
The Arthritis foundation recommends walking for a healthier body. Painful and stiff joints will be relieved and will not cause additional damage or pain and can prevent bone loss.
3. Reduced back pain.
High impact exercises can harm the back but not walking. It is a low impact exercise that actually relieves back pain by promoting blood flow to the spinal area and improving posture and flexibility of the back muscles.
4. Balanced mind.
If you experience mood disorders, walking can help you lighten up. Walking with someone is even more helpful. Regular walks can reduce stress, depression and anxiety levels.
5. Leaner muscles.
When you lose body fat, your muscles more prominent and leaner. You can achieve this by walking 10,000 steps a day. If you want to add some intensity to your walks, try walking uphill or add an interval in-between. This can increase the muscle tone in various parts of your body. Also, walking is not a rigorous exercise for the body so you will not experience sourness or wait for your muscles to heal before you continue walking.
6. Healthier pancreas.
Regular walks can help maintain healthy glucose levels. It is even more effecient in preventing diabetes than running. People who walk regularly have healthier blood sugar levels than those who run.
7. Healthier brain, healthier mind.
One study has shown that walking provides plenty of benefits to our brains. When you walk, the levels of endorphins increase thus significantly reducing the stress levels. It also supports the overall brain health and even reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
8. Better vision.
It might seem unusual but walking can improve your vision. It works by releasing the eye pressure and reducing glaucoma.
9. Healthy heart.
According to America Heart association, walking is as beneficial for the heart as running. It can help reduce the risk of heart related diseases. Walking stabilizes the blood pressure, reduces cholesterol levels and improves blood circulation.
10. Increased lung volume.
When you walk, your lungs get more oxygen which then gets disturbed throughout your entire body. Besides removing toxins, walking can improve the lung function thus preventing respiratory diseases.
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