Some people might think that you have to do vigorous exercises or work out for long periods of time in order to improve your health. This is however not true. Studies have shown that even low level exercise like walking can improve one’s fitness levels significantly if carried out around 75 minutes per week.
Walking is a low impact exercise that has numerous health benefits. Walking is free and can easily be fitted into your daily routine.
What are some of the health benefits you can reap from walking?
- Stronger Heart
Studies have shown that if you walk at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week you can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by as much as 19 percent.
- Lower Blood Sugar
Instead of sitting down and resting after a meal, a short walk is much better. Taking a walk after eating helps to lower your blood sugar.
- Energy Booster
When you are feeling lethargic, a more effective energy boost would be to go for a walk instead of just loading up on the caffeine. Walking ups the oxygen flow through the body and it also increases the hormones that helps keeping your energy levels up.
- Strengthens Bones
With regular walking come stronger bones. Walking is a low-impact exercise that prevents loss of bone density, thereby reducing the risk of osteoporosis, fracture and injury. Stronger bones in turn help to improve our posture, stamina and body balance.
- Improves Digestion
Walking aids in digestion. It helps in weight loss and also supports your digestive system.
With the above benefits listed, what are you waiting for? Put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and start walking!