With World Health Day right around the corner, we’re excited to make health a priority! The theme for this awareness day changes annually, and this year World Health Day is focused on universal health coverage. Good health care should be accessible for everyone, and this is an important issue to raise awareness for.
While the focus of World Health Day changes yearly, it still reminds us to keep health at the forefront in our daily lives. One of the best ways to do this is through one simple action: walking.
While many people underestimate and take for granted the importance of walking, the truth is that there are several health benefits of walking. It is one of the easiest and best exercises possible, and, most importantly, everyone can do it to take better care of their body.
Check out our list of benefits to walking below:
Improves Mood and Alleviates Depression
If you’re having a bad day, walking can serve to lift your mood- especially if you go outside to soak in some natural light. According to a study, people who adopted walking as a regular exercise in their lives showed just as much improvement in symptoms of depression as any other person on medication.
Low Impact Exercise:
As compared to other exercises, walking is low in impact. While running and other intense forms of exercise can be hard on your joints, walking is simple and easy, and won’t cause unnecessary pain on your body. This means that anyone can do it!
Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure and Controlling Cholesterol:
One of the very best benefits of walking is weight loss. If you walk daily even for 30 minutes, you are burning calories that will show up on the scale.
People who have high blood pressure will be very pleased to know that walking daily for 30 minutes can also help in reducing blood pressure. It will keep your heart healthy and will help you in improving complications that arise due to high blood pressure.
Another tangible benefit to walking is that it helps in controlling cholesterol. HDL is the “good” type of cholesterol in your body, while LDL is known as the “bad” type of cholesterol. LDL is therefore the type of cholesterol that puts your heart at risk, raising your chances of having a heart attack. Walking daily for 30-45 minutes helps in reducing LDL levels and increasing HDL levels.
Extended Life Span:
Research shows that if you adopt walking into your daily routine, you can extend your life by up to 7 years as compared to those who do not walk at all. Furthermore, people who walk daily for 30 minutes have been proven to look much younger than their age. This is a significant increase in life span that cannot be overlooked; the modern sedentary lifestyle of the office is a large health risk and walking is the simple solution.
Once you adopt walking as regular exercise in your life, your body will adapt and appreciate the feeling of motion. You will be willing to walk more and more on a daily basis, building your endurance for longer activity and keeping you healthy in the long run.
So there you have it! Adopting walk as an exercise is low impact and low intensity, and it makes sure that you enjoy the benefits of long and healthy life. Walk into World Health Day with this fresh perspective and put your health first in 2018!