Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Walking is underrated as a form of exercise. For people who want to be more active for all ages and fitness levels is ideal.
It is clear that a lot of us don’t have enough time for exercise, but walking is also extremely effective.
We forget that walking is great exercise that also helps you tone your legs, shed the extra weight and doesn’t need you to have an exclusive gym membership. It quickens your heart beat, circulating more blood and oxygen to your muscles and your organs, including the brain. Experts suggest that brisk walking for 30 minutes at a moderate speed can help you burn 150 to 200 calories.
Having 15 minutes daily walk can help us live longer. There are several studies made in the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, the University of Lyon, the University Hospital of Dijon, the Regional Center for Cancer Prevention and Jean Monnet University in France. The following study was published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Sports Medicine.
This study included people aged 60 and over who did just 15 minutes of exercise daily and they reduced their risk of dying early by 22%, compared with people who did not exercise at all. A 15-minute daily walk ‘will help you live longer’ says study.
That is why doctors recommend us at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
Walking has benefits for your mental health, too. Regular exercise can improve your thinking, learning and mood by reducing your risk of depression and relieving stress. Walking can also help improve your sleep.
You can try walking like a low-impact exercise which has numerous of benefits for our health. Some of them are:
It helps us lose weight
Walking boosts vitamin D
It relieves pain
Walking improves our mood
Walking improves our cardiovascular functions.
Helps us prevent diabetes
Helps us prevent colon cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer