You’ve hear it a million times. Heck, probably close to million from me alone. Walking is good for you.
People know the benefits of walking, however many still don’t take time to do it on a daily basis and get by walking just enough to perform their daily tasks. What I want to shed light on are the ways walking can benefit you. Here are some examples:
- It’s considered exercise. Your body was meant to move. Sitting, standing in one place, driving in a car for extended periods of time is considered the new smoking from a health standpoint. Walking exercises approximately 20 muscles, and if you push your pace to about 4 mph, you will elevate your heartbeat and get in some much-needed cardio work.
- Walking keeps the blood moving. Your arteries are like the plumbing in your house. Blood need to move, that’s why your heart works so hard. It brings oxygen to the muscles.
- Walking strengthens your legs, lower back, and your core muscles. This helps prevent injuries like strains when we do something out of the norm like moving furniture, or that end of the year yard work.
- Lastly, and most overlooked, walking helps your mental state. I went for a two-mile walk this morning. The last few days have been a little stressful, with planning to leave for our trip on Sunday and getting all the loose ends tied up. I noticed that during the walk, some of that stress vanished. I was noticing the squirrels, the trees, the green grass, and all of the great things nature has to offer. What a great way to reduce stress (a major heart disease culprit).
Even if you don’t plan on starting a full-fledged workout program, you can always find time for a walk. Grab a good pair of shoes, a friend, and maybe even your dog, and go. Thirty minutes of walk time will go by a flash, and you will be doing your heart justice. You might even meet a few nice people along the way.
Enjoy, here is to your good health!