Why should you do more walking? If you walk for half an hour to an hour each day, it’s one of the best things you can do for your spirit, mind, and body.
A good walk can help strengthen and shape your legs, giving great definition to calves, quads, hamstrings and lifting your glutes (buttock muscles) especially if you add hills or brisk intervals. But if you really pay attention to your posture as you walk, it can tone your abs and shrink your waist, too.
Letâs look at several other great reasons to start walking.
Table of Contents
- Walkers Have Longer Lifespans
- Helps Keep Off The Pounds
- Walk Away The Pounds
- Reduce The Risk Of Cancer
- Cut Down On The Risk Of Stroke And Heart Disease
- Lower Risk of Diabetes
- Boost Your Brainpower
- You Can Improve Your Mood And Relieve Stress With Walking
- Prevent Impotence
- It’s Simple To Get Started On A Walking Program
- Walking Is Cheap
Walkers Have Longer Lifespans
There was a study that showed that men who walked two miles a day cut their risk of dying by nearly half. The walkers risk of dying was a lot lower from cancer too. There are other studies that show similar results.
Helps Keep Off The Pounds
There was some research to suggest that if you walk an additional 2,000 steps a day, in addition to your regular activities, you may never put on another pound. Thatâs reason enough to keep off the pounds. Especially for the chubby older people out there, keeping weight off, and living longer, should be very enticing.
Walk Away The Pounds
Exercise like walking is a critical part of any weight loss program. You still need to pay attention to how much you weigh in order to lose weight. Walking helps you cut down on inches of fat, pounds of flab, pump up the metabolism, and build up that lean muscle. Of the many successful long-term weight losers out there, almost all of them have a program of walking or some other kind of exercise.
Reduce The Risk Of Cancer
There have been several studies that have shown that walking dramatically cuts down the risk of cancer. Itâs also helpful for people going through cancer treatment, and it enhances their chances of survival and recovery.
Cut Down On The Risk Of Stroke And Heart Disease
Stroke and heart disease are some of the most deadly things. You can cut your risk in half by walking just a half hour to an hour each day. It’s important to get your blood flowing.
Lower Risk of Diabetes
Walking just 30 minutes a day cut the risk of diabetes in one study.
Boost Your Brainpower
The ability of exercise to boost mood is undisputed. Studies have shown regular, moderate-intensity exercise (such as brisk walking) to be as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety. There was a study that discovered walking boosted the brainpower of people over 60.
You Can Improve Your Mood And Relieve Stress With Walking
Walking can help to release endorphins. The majority of people notice an improvement in mood when they start walking. There was a study which showed that university students who walked had lower stress levels than people who just watched a lot of TV.
There is a lessened risk of impotence in people who walk from mid-life forward.
A brisk 2 mile walk can reduce men’s risk of impotence according to Dr. Irwin Goldstein, from Boston University School of Medicine in a study published in the August, 2000 issue of Urology. His 9-year study of 600 men who at the start of the study had no impotence problems found that those who kept exercising or took up exercising at middle age reduced their risk of impotence.
It’s Simple To Get Started On A Walking Program
All you really need is a pair of shoes and a trip outside. You can walk around the block. You can walk in cold weather if you have the right clothing.
Walking Is Cheap
Walking is one of the cheapest forms of exercise there is, and it is a great way to cut back on the bills that keep coming up each month. You just have to walk outside. You don’t even need a gym membership.
Committed to your health,