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Do you suffer from depression, heart problems, stress, obesity or joint pain?

 

You may want to try walking to conquer your health issues! Walking helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to NCBI. Walking is also preferred by most health-care professionals over jogging because it is a low-impact exercise that is easy on your joints and heart

 

Whether you are young or old, there are incredible benefits to your health when you walk every day. Here are just ten we are listing below: 

 

1. Improve Your Heart Health

Reduce the risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, especially if you are sedentary by walking. Walk for at least 4 hours a week to keep heart disease and the risk of stroke at bay.

 

2. Help in Losing Weight

Not only is walking great exercise, it can aid you in losing weight. Try walking to where you need to go instead of driving. You may be surprised how it will add up to some pounds gone over time.

 

3. Lower Your Blood Pressure

Walking can also help to regulate your blood pressure. If you can’t walk 10,000 steps per day, try walking for a minimum of 1 hour a day to keep your blood pressure levels in check.

 

4. Battle Cancer

A sedentary lifestyle is one that promotes cancer. Walking each day can really help you in this case. Studies have found that walking helps in weight loss and therefore reduces cancer risk. It also has been found to help those who are in cancer treatment by lessening the side effects of chemotherapy.

 

5. Enhance Circulation

Strangely enough, walking can actually boost your intelligence. Walking helps supply your mind with the needed levels of oxygen and glucose, which aids in brain function. It also reduces levels of LDL cholesterol, which blocks arteries, and thus lessens the risk of stroke.

 

6. Decrease Risk of Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease that can result from a sedentary lifestyle. Experts have suggested a minimum of 5,000 steps each day with most of them as a brisk walk to help manage diabetes. Walking daily can aid in controlling blood sugar levels and even help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

 

7. Strengthen Bones and Muscles

With age comes loss of bone density and muscle. But walking consistently can help strengthen your bones and muscles. Walking is a low-impact exercise which hinders the loss of bone density and reduces the risk of injury and fractures. Walking can help prevent arthritis, lessen pain and strengthen your back and leg muscles.

 

8. Ward off Dementia and Improve Memory

Walking each day at a moderate pace can aid in preventing dementia, improving memory, and developing confidence in older individuals. Scientists in Japan have learned that walking can help improve the memory of senior patients. Physical exercise aids in increasing the size of the hippo-campus while a sedentary lifestyle withers the hippo-campus, resulting in memory loss. Give your memory a power boost by walking every day.

 

9. Diminish Stress

Reduce levels of stress by developing better circulation through daily walking. Good circulation provides oxygen and nutrients to your cells and stimulates your nervous system receptors which lessens the production of your stress hormones. You literally breath out your tension while walking.

 

10. Elevate Your Mood

Many scientific studies have shown that physical activity can help prevent depression. Walking is strongly recommended by psychiatrists and doctors to help uplift your mood. So, if you are feeling sad or discouraged, consider taking a walk and feel better with that fresh air.

 

It is evident from this list that daily walking can give you incredible benefits for your health.

If you are new to walking and are not up to walking for a long time right away, break up your routine. Start with walking just 5 or 10 minutes a day and slowly increase that time until you reach 30 minutes. Then try 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated.

 

Remember to get some good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, and a water bottle and get out there every day for a walk. If you need some motivation, ask a friend to join you. Walk your pooch in the evenings or mornings or go for a stroll with your family or friends after dinner. Consider walking to the grocery store close by instead of driving. Try scouting out different paths each day. Maybe even join a walking or hiking group.  Get out there and enjoy it.

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