One of the most common things we do every day is walking. Unfortunately, we aren’t even aware how important walking can be unless we are physically unable to do it. Age is the first thing that should suggest paying more attention to walking.
The Benefits of Walking
A study of 12 years in adults over 65 managed to prove that the rate of mortality decreased to 22% by simple walking of only 15 minutes every day.
According to the lead researcher: “Don’t use age as an excuse not to do exercise. Doing some physical activity regularly has a better effect on general health than any medical treatment does. Less than half of older adults are able to achieve the recommended 75 minutes of exercise with vigorous intensity or 150 minutes of moderate intensity every week.”
This shouldn’t surprise us.
Numerous different studies had already researched walking and managed to prove that it has amazing effects on our overall health. People should see walking as an aerobic exercise. “Aerobic” means that it stimulates our heart and the respiratory rates and that helps us pump additional oxygen to our muscles. We only need a slow stroll for that. The activity becomes more aerobic with faster walking.
If we increase our circulatory, respiratory and cardiovascular operations, the nutrients we intake will go where they have to go and support the exercise. We should use energy and not store it so that it can help our bones, organs and muscles to be strengthened. We need to move our bodies.
If we lead a more sedentary lifestyle we won’t have the adequate amount of exercise and it will lead us to illness. Also, if we have low levels of physical activity often, it can cause the so-called “sedentary death syndrome”. This condition is real. It can cause various other conditions, illnesses and diseases as well as millions of premature deaths.
For All Walks of Life
According to a 2016 study, if you increase walking in obese children to 45 minutes every day for 5 days a week, you’ll increase their lung capacity at the same time in only 6 weeks. Fast walking will help you improve your overall fitness level and it will be more efficient.
Mental health can be especially supported by walking outdoors. Nature and its environment are far more different than the things we use every day, including the electronics. They help us lower depression, decrease our everyday stress and improve our overall mood.
Sunshine is especially important since it supplies us with the necessary amounts of vitamin D. Walking indoors can also be good, especially walking on a treadmill. It has been proved to be also very productive just like walking outdoors. Either way, your mental activity will be increased.
Like a Walk in the Park
Regular walking is going to help us improve our mobility. Increased mobility reduces the risk of injury. We know that when we’re injured and something hurts us, we definitely don’t want to touch it as it will hurt more. That’s why walking is recommended to people with arthritis and joint problems.
Walking is recommended by the American Heart Association against: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and stroke. You don’t have to walk 30 minutes every day strictly. You can divide it into 2 parts and walk two times for 15 minutes. Remember to start slowly and then increase the pace.
It’s also recommended to take a walk if you’re having problems with your sleep.
Only one walk can have significant results and improve your insomnia. Try it out today!
According to a meta-analysis of walking studies conducted in 7 countries with an average duration of 11 years, regular walking managed to decrease the appearance of cardiovascular events by 31% and at the same time, it will decrease mortality risk by 32%. Only 5.5 miles a week at 2 mph will prevent the most serious diseases to appear.
The busy lifestyle can’t offer to everyone to go to the gym, but we can all walk. It is worth it! You only need 15 minutes of your time every day and comfortable sneakers!
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