Did You Know Walking Had This Many Health Benefits?

Walking on the roadStill looking for the perfect exercise for you? Look no further than walking. Walking has so many wonderful health benefits, yet it is considered inferior to other workouts. Why? Perhaps because walking does not always leave you covered in sweat or burn an insane amount of calories. While walking won’t leave you crawling on the floor afterwards, it is still a great exercise to consider, especially since it boasts all of these great health benefits.  

  • Prevents Diabetes. Research links walking with a lowered risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Waling briskly has been found to improve insulin sensitivity, which in turn keeps diabetes away.
  • Helps Fibromyalgia Pain. Fibromyalgia is a hard condition to deal with since it includes chronic pain, fatigue, and brain fog. Research has found that walks paired with light stretching shows significant improvements in those dealing with fibromyalgia.
  • Boosts Your Mood. Walking at a steady pace can help one feel happier and able to deal with feelings of loneliness better. Also, for those feeling stressed, walking in a nature-filled area, such as a park, helped ease anxiety.
  • Boosts Your Memory. New studies have found a relation between regular exercise and prolonged symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Walking can help boost the memory because it helps increase the blood flow to the brain. Walking has also been found to lower a person’s risk of dementia by 27 percent.
  • Reduces Stroke Risk. Regular walking of 30 minutes a day, five days a week can lower the chance of a stroke. The risk is cut down by 40 percent, which is quite significant.

There are so many wonderful health benefits just with walking. Walking is a nice exercise that is suitable for almost everyone. It does not require special equipment, it is easy on the joints, it can be done anywhere, and it is very easy for those who are new to exercising. Just use proper posture and supportive shoes, and you are set to walk every day.  

Remember to consult your chiropractor or primary care physician before taking any medical or diet advice.

Story Credit, Image Credit:Walking on the road by Bods. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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