Did you know that walking can decrease belly fat, regulate blood pressure and ease joint pain? These are just a few of the many benefits that you can get from walking!
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When I first started my fitness journey, I simply reduced my portion sizes and started getting 10,000 steps per day.
Benefits of Walking
To this day, walking is one of my favorite forms of exercise! Here are some of the top benefits of walking!
Decrease Belly Fat
A Canadian study found that women who walked briskly for about an hour a day decreased their belly fat by 20 percent after just fourteen weeks without changing their diet habits.
Regulate Blood Pressure
How are high blood pressure and exercise connected? Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure. (Mayo Clinic)
According to a study that was published by the Public Library of Science and Medicine, walking for just eleven minutes a day is enough to extend your lifespan by two years.
Eases Joint Pain
Walking protects the joints — especially the knees and hips, which are most susceptible to osteoarthritis — by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them. (Harvard Health)
Boosts Immune Function
Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder. (Harvard Health)
Low Risk of Injury
In 2018, Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee presented its scientific report to the Department of Health and Human Services, noting that walking has one of the lowest injury rates of any form of exercise.
Gym memberships and boot camp classes can get expensive! Save money by walking. Walking is convenient and cheap! You can walk anywhere and all you need is a pair of shoes.
Get Better Sleep
Researchers found that people who walk regularly have longer and better sleep quality. Who knew that a simple exercise like walking could mimic the effects of good ol’ sleeping pills??
Say Adios To Stress
Did you know that walking is one of the fastest, most effective ways to calm down? Moving your body eliminates the stress hormone, cortisol, out of your system! Walking also helps to stop the never-ending stream of worries running through your mind, according to The American Journal of Cardiology.
Walking is good for your mind, too! Studies have found that the effects of exercise on the brain benefit all aspects of your mind, including memory, cognition, learning, reading and it even increases the size of your brain. Even better, walking protects your brain by lessening your risk of getting cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Did you know there were so many incredible benefits of walking?! All of these benefits make me wish I was out for a walk right now! Do you enjoy walking? What is the most surprising benefit that you learned reading this post?