Walking is a great way to get outside and spend some quality time with yourself, friends or family! The benefits of walking go beyond being a great cardio option, it’s great for clearing your head, de stressing and can lower your risk of disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
May help prevent disease
- walking regularly can help improve blood flow and may help to manage or reduce your chances of experiencing certain health related issues such as: Coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, vascular disease which may help you avoid dementia later in life.
Boost your mood
- walking makes you feel happier and is great for your mental health, this includes promoting the production of endorphins, or your brains “feel good” hormones.
Strengthens muscles across your whole body
- did you know you use more then 200 muscles to take a single step? Your legs, back, abdominal muscles and even your arms all get a good workout! To boost the intensity, try walking on an incline or uphill.
Improves quality of life
- Doing at least 150 minuets of moderate activity each week, like a brisk walk, shows 33%lower risk of mortality then those who are inactive. Combine that with other exercises like strength training, everyday tasks become easier- giving you an overall better quality of life.
Perfect social exercise
- Walking is ideal to do with friends, a workout buddy, family or colleagues on your lunch break. Because you wont be constantly out of breath as you would with HIIT workout, it’s a great way to catch up while also moving your body
Source- “The American council on exercise”, ” University of Stirling”, “2014 American psychological Association report”, “Centres for disease and prevention”