Staying in shape and getting enough exercise can be challenging, but it’s important to make the time in order to keep our bodies happy and healthy. Staying fit doesn’t always require running long distances or being a gym regular. Regular walks can provide a wide variety of benefits and can help keep us healthy.
Getting a nice and enjoyable walk in each day can improve our mental and cardiovascular health, can and regularly does trigger weight loss, and can be a great way to get fresh air for the lungs and vitamin D from the sunshine. Simply by getting outside each day we can improve our feelings, mood and overall state of well-being. The Mayo Clinic recommends walking as a low impact exercise, and says that even a daily 30 minute stroll can work wonders for our health.
Here are 8 things that happen to your body if you walk every day:
1. Improves Mental Health
Walking can improve your mood, and the Mayo Clinic says that walking can help to improve and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
2. Triggers Weight Loss
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that walking regularly can reduce and inhibit the effects of 32 obesity-promoting genes in the human body.
3. Decreases The Risk Of Certain Cancers
The American Society for Clinical Oncology released two studies showing that spending 3 hours per week walking can reduce the risk of dying from breast or bowel cancer by 50%.
4. Helps To Boost Your Immune System
Walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day was shown to increase the body’s immune system cells in a study conducted at the Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
5. Can Prevent Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association reported that, “Aerobic exercise helps your body use insulin better,” and walking for 30 minutes daily is an aerobic exercise.
6. Reduces Sugar Cravings And “Stress Eating”
Studies done by the University of Exeter found that walking for just 15 minutes can effectively reduce cravings for sugary foods. They also discovered that walking can reduce cravings during stressful situations.
7. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Walking is a very healthy activity for the heart. A study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that walking for 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 30%.
8. Helps With Mobility Into Advanced Age
A study by the American Medical Association concluded that one of the greatest benefits of walking is that it lead to improved physical health in people aged 70 to 89. Those who exercised regularly in their younger years dramatically decreased their chances of having any kind of physical disability.
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Plan an enjoyable time for a walk this week, bring some music with you, and enjoy the health benefits, weight loss and happiness that come with a daily stroll.
You are loved.