Get Fit: Benefits of Walking
Not a runner? According to a new study, walking can be just as beneficial for your overall well-being as running! Look at this list of benefits walking can have:
1. It’s a low impact activity so it doesn’t put stress on the body and joints.
2. Walking works large muscle groups…quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, as well as other muscles in the lower legs and feet.
3. Regular or routine walking can lower your LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) and boost your HDL (or “good” cholesterol) while improving your overall fitness and mood.
4. Regular walkers have fewer heart attacks and strokes.
5. If you walk outdoors, you’ll reap the added benefit of soaking in some vitamin D.
6. Walking reduces your chances for diabetes.
7. It keeps you sharp and nourishes your brain.
8. Going for a walk can reduce stress.
9. It revs up your energy levels.
10. Walking boosts your immune system! When you exercise, your body bumps up the activity of cells that fight off viruses and bacteria.
11. Walk for better sexual health. Doing two miles a day boosts blood circulation which cuts down on the risk of impotency.
12. Rejuvenate your mind and spirit. You’re moving— even 10 minutes a day helps keep depression at bay.
13. Slims you down: Burn more calories than you eat, and WOW! You’re wearing one size smaller!
Honestly, there are even more benefits than I’ve listed! Whether you walk by yourself listening to nature, or listening to music. Whether you walk your dog, or with a friend or loved one. Start walking! (…and if you already do, keep going!) Staying healthy means staying active. Pull on some supportive shoes and hit the road!