You don’t always have to go to the gym to get fit. There are many benefits of our daily activities which can improve our health. Whenever you get an opportunity to walk, don’t deny it because you will realize the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day later in your life. Today I have collected benefits walking which I have observed from my experience.
Benefits of walking:-
Strong legs: – Walking continuously moves the muscle and bone which acts as a regular exercise for your legs. Legs’ muscles are one of the biggest muscles in the human body. And if we are able to keep it strong with the help our daily routine what more you can ask for. Sometimes walking only on the toes can slowly contract-pull Gastrocnemius muscle more. It makes the muscle even stronger.
Walking has a tremendous effect on hamstrings and quadriceps muscles of the legs.
Metabolism: – For good digestion, food should be chewed well and walking speeds up the rate at which food moves inside the stomach helping in better digestion. Walking also assists in decreasing cardiovascular risk and potential diabetes by decreasing blood sugar. Thus, proper digestion, burning proper calories can boost your metabolism. Also, walking requires more energy, which helps in increasing the metabolism.
Weight control: – When you walk you burn calories, fat, carbs and require more energy to walk. To have an effect on your weight, walk fast, improve your pace. Take intervals during the long walk schedule and bend sideways, clap your hands, try arm circle exercise while walking. Walking eases stress level and less stress make it easier to lose weight.
Walking staircase or climbing uphill can help in reducing weight more efficiently. There are many benefits of walking daily for weight loss.
Pumps blood: – When you walk, the whole body comes into motion and requires extra energy. This energy is supplied by our heart by regularly circulating enough blood through veins. It helps in increasing heart rate and blood pressure temporarily; resulting in a better efficiency of the heart. Walking also limits the stroke, obesity allowing you to live a healthier and longer life.
Not too dependent on last mile cover: – I have been with people who don’t want to travel even for 1Km. After getting off the public transport like metro, bus they don’t want to cover 1-2Kms of distance to their destination by walking. They again hire another available transport medium to reach there. It makes you lazy and too dependent on machines.
If not in the morning at least try to walk whenever you get the opportunity. It will keep you healthy and active.
Helps with creativity: – Walking gives peace of mind and enough time to be with yourself, which allows you to think more, observe more. When you walk you observe your surroundings even more, and it brings new ideas to life. Thinking about any stuck idea while walking can open the gates for a new solution.
Good sleep: – Once you are tired you get sound asleep and walking is a physical activity which requires energy. Walking should be a regular activity and to get rest, sleep is very important. You don’t have to overdo anything otherwise you may get cramp and exhaust all your energy. There are benefits of walking before bed, foremost among them are, it helps in digestion thus helping in healthy sleep after a walk.
Good for any age: – It is the best exercise which can be applied to all the age groups. Whether you are old or young walking helps in reducing the risk of a heart attack, lowers (bad) cholesterol, improves your mood, manages weight, and good for joint pain.
Immune system: – When your health, digestion, metabolism, and sleep are good, then your immune system automatically becomes strong. Walking helps in the flow of blood, oxygen, eases stress, improves brain function to control common diseases.
Cancer/diabetes: – Walking helps in reducing the chances of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Body weight in check, physical fitness, and proper digestion are important for healthy living and walking covers all these three activities.
Vitamin D: – Walking exposes your skin to the sun, which is a rich source of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps in regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood, which are important for stronger bones.
Saves money: – When you avoid automobiles and take a walk for short distances, you not only save money, you also save on health. You also save money directly or indirectly by not paying to doctors & keeping your health in check.
Look young: – There are benefits of walking down stairs like it keeps you active and walking opens sweat pores, brings a natural glow to the skin. Walking reduces stress resulting in a reduction of acne and eczema. It allows fresh air to get to the face and boost serotonin production – a neurotransmitter that governs our moods. Walking helps in aging gracefully and healthily.
Prevents Arthritis and Osteoporosis: – A non-active body, with stiff joints, can cause arthritis and lowers the bone density leading to osteoporosis. Walking not only improves bone density, it helps to relieve joint pain.
Back pain: – Walking with the right posture and avoiding long sitting jobs by taking regular intervals can reduce your back pain. Benefits of walking during the work day are, it avoids your mind from being exhausted and gives break to think of new ideas.
Meet new acquaintances: – You get to meet new acquaintances while walking. A simple smile can make new friends and refresh your mood. Sometimes a common group can be formed which can be a motivating factor to walk.