Being so occupied with daily obligations, we often forget how essential is to be active. Taking a daily walk is a one way you can get physically active and at the same time clear up your head and get ready for the busy day. As Hippocrates said over 200 years ago: “Walking is a best man’s medicine.” Although benefits of walking seem so obvious, there are so many good things about it that most of us aren’t even aware of. And, walking doesn’t mean you have to get out from your house and go to the park or a nearby lane to have a stroll. You can also get up from your desk at your workplace and walk around your office or a block just to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Here is what you can expect if you start practicing a walk on a daily basis.
Walking fights severe illnesses like stroke or other cardiovascular problems
According to a study, walking for about 2.5 hours a week (21 minutes a day) reduces the risk of a heart disease by 30 %. According to the research results walking regularly could save Americans over 100 billion dollars annually in health care costs. According to a study by the Harvard Medical School, walking for just 2.5 hours a week, which is 21 minutes a day can cut the risk of heart disease by 30%. In fact, it even goes on to say that walking regularly could save Americans over 100 billion dollars a year in health care costs. However, another study reported that walking is hugely underrated. Overall, the research shows that walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular events by 31% and reduces the risk of an early death by 32 %.
Your mood improves
Going for a walk a day is equal to having a glass of wine after a busy day. And the good part is that it is a zero calorie strategy. Having a walk actually modifies your nervous system and make you feel less angry and more cheerful and relaxed. Apart from that, when you walk with your friends or a family, it actually allows you to connect with that person even more closely, which will have a positive impact on your mood in general. Also, keep in mind that being exposed to natural light cures up winter blues.
It curbs diabetes
It is now a well-known fact that a modest change in one’s schedule and making just enough time for a daily walk can heavily influence the life of an average diabetes patient. The best and the easiest way to do it is to walk for 3 to 5 minutes slowly and then stretch for 5 or 10 minutes. After that, you can continue walking at moderate speed. Keep in mind that you need to keep your spine straight and your chin up. The recent study showed that the group of people who did the walking showed nearly 6 times greater improvement in their glucose tolerance than the group of people who were jogging.
You will lose weight
If you are looking for the ways how to get in a great shape this summer, then the walking may be just the right solution for you. After some period of regularly walking during the day, you will notice that your pants become looser around your body waist even if you don’t see there is much difference in your weight. This means that walking helps you reduce your belly fat and that and your body’s response to insulin has been improved. Daily walking boosts metabolism, burns extra calories and prevents muscle loss which is extremely important especially as we get older.
It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer
According to the research carried out by American cancer society, women who spent seven or more hours walking per day had a lower risk of suffering from breast cancer by 14 % then the ones who walked three hours or even less a week. On top of that, the research showed that walking also reduced the breast cancer risk with women who were using the supplements or who were overweight (which are generally some of the breast cancer risk factors).
If you are looking for the way how to improve your lifestyle and reshape your figure, try walking for an hour each day. There’s no doubt that it will bring you many health benefits and that it will have an overall positive effect on your lifestyle.