One of the most beneficial physical activities you can preform is walking, it will keep you in a fit shape and will boost your overall health.
It is a simple exercise with a low impact, it will boost your mental health and your heart health, it will help you lose some extra weight, also it will improve your mood and optimize the vitamin D levels in your body, therefore providing many health benefits for you.
Katy Bowman is a scientist and an author, she claims that walking is just as important as eating, and in her book “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement”, she wrote:
“The thing that defines us as humans is walking, it is also a superfood, also it is a lot easier to preform it than any other exercise.”
Also she is among the group of experts which claim that the physical inactivity or activity has a huge impact on the development of chronic diseases. But they also claim that the physical activity and inactivity combined are even more effective than physical activity on its own.
“People who are active for one hour, and then inactive throughout the rest of the day. But it is pretty clear that you cannot offset a whole day of sitting at the desk and working with a single hour of exercising.”
Here are the main benefits of walking at least 30 minutes a day:
1. Improves Cardiovascular Health
With walking you can decrease the risk of every heart disease by an amazing 30% and also boost your heart health.
2. Strengthens the Immune System
According to many researches, it is proven that walking at least 30 minutes a day will prevent from many health diseases and issues, as well as boost your immune system.
3. Lower the Risk of Certain Cancers
According to studies, 3 hours of walking on weekly basis, will decrease the risk of death, caused from bowel or breast cancer by an amazing 50%.
4. Helps Weight Loss
With walking your body will be able to decrease the effects of the 32 genes which are promoting obesity in your body, and will help you burn a lot more fat.
5. Improves Mental Health
You can easily treat the symptoms that follow with anxiety and depression, as well as improve your mood.
6. Prevents Diabetes
According to many researches this aerobic exercise was proven to be able, to improve the usage of insulin by our body.
7. Increases Mobility
Many studies have shown that walking is beneficial for every age, but especially for people between the age of 70 and 89, because with walking they will decrease the risk of physical disabilities and will improve their physical health.
8. Reduces Sugar Cravings and “Stress Eating”
With walking 15 minutes on daily basis, you will be able to control your food cravings and hunger while in a stressful situation, and will prevent from sugar cravings as well.
A professor at the Columbia University in New York confirmed that walking is highly beneficial and reported:
“If you have to pick anything, don’t hesitate, pick walking!”