Science tells us that moving our bodies regularly is the best way to combat a whole range of ailments, from weight gain and heart disease to high stress and depression.
So, what does this mean for you?
It’s time to get moving! Walking regularly is the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve your health—both mentally and physically.
With that in mind, WalkTop’s top 10 health benefits of walking are:
1. It combats chronic health conditions and disease.
Walking on a regular basis can help to combat a variety of health conditions and disease, including high blood pressure and heart disease. Research shows that walking even 30 minutes a day can make all the difference in your long-term health.
2. It controls and maintains weight, even helping with weight loss.
Walking is a low impact activity that can have high results in the area of weight control if you walk regularly over time. According to the Arthritis Foundation, you can burn 200 calories with just a brisk 30-minute walk.
3. It improves cardiovascular health and increases energy levels.
Cardiovascular health is an obvious benefit to regular walking. Studies have shown that people who are part of walking groups experience lower cholesterol, lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure than those who don’t walk.
4. It improves your mood and alleviates the symptoms of depression.
According to research from California State University, walking has been known to improve your mood and make you feel happier when you engage on a regular basis. The movement releases endorphins in your brain, which in turn work to improve your overall mood.
5. It improves the quality of your sleep.
Sleep is a highly important part to overall health that often gets overlooked. The National Sleep Foundation cites research showing that moderate exercise during the day (like walking) can help those suffering from chronic insomnia get a better night’s sleep.
6. It improves your muscle strength and endurance.
Walking for long periods of time can help improve your muscle strength and endurance. While you might think walking only builds leg muscles, it also contributes to the core, arm, and shoulder muscle strength too.
7. It is great for your joints, back, and neck.
Your joints require movement to function properly. Since the majority of joints do not receive direct blood flow, movement is required to get the joint fluid moving in order to receive oxygen. A sedentary lifestyle can cause your joints to freeze up quicker than usual.
8. It puts the spark back in your sex life.
The benefits of walking can spill over into the bedroom too! All the benefits we’ve touched on so far can help to increase your performance. But if you need more convincing, regular brisk walks can help to decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction and impotence according to an article by Very Well Fit.
9. It improves your cognitive function, attention, and memory.
Mental abilities can also be improved through regular walking habits. Neuroscientific research has shown that walking can improve brain connectivity and cognitive function, which is particularly important as we age.
10. It gets your creative juices flowing.
Walking is a great way to clear the mind and get into a creative headspace. According to research done by Stanford University, a person’s creative ability can increase up to 60 percent while walking versus sitting.