Walking workout like most aerobic activities is good for us because cardio-vascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, and overall fitness. Together with diet and other exercise plans, it can also help with weight loss and tone up muscles.
Below are some of the benefits of walking.
1. Lowers Cardiovascular Risk
Walking is a great cardio exercise that lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (Heart and stroke). 30- 45 minutes’ walk everyday helps to prevent and control high blood pressure and cholesterol. The Stroke Association suggest that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent
2. Lowers risk of Diseases
Dr. Darren E.R. Warburton, Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, University of British Columbia confirms in an article (CMAJ March 14, 2006 vol. 174 no. 6 doi: 10.1503/cmaj.05135) that there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis) and premature death. it is found that regular walking reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes by 60% and people will be 20% less likely to develop cancer.
3. Weight Management
Walking is the most effective way to tone up our body. You can burn around 75 calories walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. In a study published in Diabetes Care, it was found that daily walking combined with diet therapy is a useful means for obese NIDDM Patients not Only to reduce body weight but also improves insulin sensitivity .
4. Boosts Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is very common these days, affecting bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and getting Vitamin D.
5. Gives energy
Brisk walk boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply in our body, making us feel more alert and alive. It is one of the best natural energizers and makes us happy and boosts our mood.
A study of over 7000 male and 31000 female recreational walkers found that those who walked the fastest tended to die the least.
7. Good for brain
Walking has extensive cognitive benefits, improves memory in seniors, cognitive control and academic performance in preadolescents and (when done outdoors) boosts creativity in the young and healthy.
8. Reduces stress.
Walking reduces stress anxiety depression. Dr. Gould says, studies “show that physical exercise reduces anxiety in humans,” suggesting that similar remodelling takes place in the brains of people who work out.