The benefits of walking: Walk yourself into fitness bliss

There are several times in one day when a person thinks about how he/she is looking. It may be while walking past a mirror or while on the way to a meeting when it may occur to the mind if the outer look is impressive enough. Your physical image matters to you the most, there is no harm in admitting it.

However, in the process, the fact can often be ignored that internal health is the essential element that needs to be catered to. With seemingly hectic work schedules, people often fail to discover that all they are doing at work is in fact, sitting. In most jobs, not all, work is done while settled behind screens.

In these times of constant hustle, the benefits a peaceful one hour walk could introduce to you are endless. If you are a little too occupied to hit the gym, simply go for a long walk that could be your ultimate ‘me-time’!

source: verywellfit.com

Get that pedometer out and exceed those 10,000 steps to make your day truly productive. Even a little is good, but more is better.

We agree walking is the most underrated form of exercise, yet it is the most beneficial. For some much needed motivation, we have brought to you five reasons as to why walking at least an hour a day is an absolute necessity.

  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduced body fat
  • Fights cancer
  • Delays aging
  • Strengthens muscles

Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke

Research has shown that walking can have a significant impact on your health by lowering your chances of heart disease and stroke. It positively impacts results of cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress. Walking helps the vessels function better which prevents day to day damage to the arterial system, therefore lessening chances of having a stroke.

Reduced body fat

Just by walking for 30 minutes you can burn 150 calories. Walking helps you lose weight in a way that it does not come back onto your body, unlike the way it does when you prefer machines over walking. Skipping gym after joining it will make you flabby sooner than soon, however, skipping walks will not make you gain weight instantly.

Fights cancer

Walking makes the immune system improve drastically which makes fighting cancer easier for individuals who stay active. Walking even one hour per week, can improve the health of cancer patients. Regardless of speed, this physical activity can do wonders.

Delays aging

Walking does it’s best to actually turn off the aging process in your chromosomes. It will make your life expectancy longer and you will feel more fresh than usual if you take a walk that leaves you feeling great. This is the most natural anti-aging formula to be honest.

Strengthens muscles

Glutes, quadriceps, tibialis anterior and posterior (the muscle which runs down the outside of the shin) , soleus, gastrocnemius, peroneals (the muscles around your lower leg), hamstrings and the hip flexors are all in sync when you are walking as these muscles make you stable while you are on your feet. These lower body muscles are being highly strengthened during walks.

source: Berkeley Wellness

These are reasons good enough for you to make a great playlist for your walking sessions and head out into the sunrise/sunset.

Too much of anything is toxic, therefore, keep a limit to your strolls but do enjoy them to the core. Happy walking! Count those steps, and make these days count.

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