It has always been a known fact that engaging ourselves in physical activities like walking on a regular basis can make us healthier individuals. However, despite us knowing that, we still exert less effort in doing them.
As a matter of fact, it is said that adults needs about 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, while children require 60 minutes of exercise a day to prevent obesity.
Apart from it preventing obesity, what are the other benefits of walking?
Exercise improves the performance of your heart
Walking is good for your heart overall. As a matter of fact, through it, you can also improve your blood’s circulation.
By walking everyday, you can also reduce your chance of acquiring coronary heart diseases. You would also not be as likely to suffer from stroke.
People who are not fond of walking, or doing other physical activities, are at twice the risk of death from chronic heart disease.
Walking helps reduce your risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and you can reduce your risk of acquiring the said disease by walking. After all, it is said that active people have lesser chance of developing it as compared to inactive people. In addition to that, it does not only prevent type 2 diabetes for it also helps control it among people who has already acquired it.
Walking helps to prevent cancer
Breast, colon and lung cancer can also be prevented through regular walking. In fact, through waking for about 20 minutes everyday, you can reduce your risk of developing it for about 40-50% as compared to people who do not walk,or do any alternative form of exercise.
It can also help reduce the chance of the cancer reoccurring as well. For cancer patients, walking does not only reduce the risk of re-occurrence or dying from cancer. Walking can also reduce any possible side effects of cancer treatment.
Walking makes your bones and joints healthier
Want to make your bones and joints healthier? It’s easy! Just walk, walk and walk! Through it, you can improve your bones and muscle’s strength and flexibility. This also means that you can reduce your chance of acquiring osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Walking improves your mental health
Believe it or not, walking can also improve your mental health. In fact, it can improve your mood and reduce your anxiety at the same time. When you walk for about 30 minutes a day, you would also be able to sleep better and as a result, you can think better and improve your focus the following day.
Additionally, in times when you feel depressed, all you need to do is to have some walk and you would surely feel better!
See? Walking offers a lot of benefits for your health. So, start walking today and enjoy a healthier you tomorrow.
Get Fit Nottingham organises guided walks every week in the city centre, and at country parks throughout Nottinghamshire.