Walking represents one of the simplest things that a person can do. In a study conducted in France, it was suggested that people need to start paying more attention to all the benefits that walking can provide, especially as they grow older.
The Benefits of Walking
Walking has a remarkable effect in people above the age of 65: regular walking of 15 minutes on a daily basis can lower the mortality rate by 22%. The ages should not be an excuse not to exercise. If you do any kind of physical regularly, it will have a better effect on your health rather than some kind of medical treatment. Unfortunately, less than ½ of the older population do the recommended minimum of 150 minutes exercise every week.
This finding should come as no surprise.
The effects that walking has over the human health condition was examined for long time. According to some people, walking is not an aerobic exercise and therefore, they ignore its benefits. ‘Aerobic’, as a definition, means exercise which stimulates respiratory and heart rates to pump more amount of oxygen to muscles. But, people are unaware that eve a slow stroll can achieve that. And, the faster a person walks, the walking is more aerobic activity.
In order to support the exercise, nutrients go to numerous respiratory, cardiovascular, and circulatory operations. This means that the energy, instead of being stored, is used for strengthening of your muscles, organs, and bones.
Our body is meant for movement and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to numerous illnesses. Lack of physical activity leads to the phenomenon of ‘sedentary death syndrome’, which has become one of the major public health issue nowadays, leading to premature deaths and multiple chronic diseases annually.
For All Walks of Life
In a 2016 study, it was found that 45-minute walking for obese children, 5 days per week will increase their lung capacity. In addition, outdoor walking has a supportive effect on the mental health of the humans. All natural environmental surroundings (which excludes the electronic distractions) will decrease stress, improve your mood, and lower depression. When being outdoor, the sun will provide us with the necessary amount of vitamin D.
Like a Walk in the Park
Regular walking reduces the risk of injuries and improves mobility. In case you do any weight-bearing exercise, including walking, as well, it will increase the blood flow, improve nutrient supplies, and strengthens the bones. If a person doesn’t walk, their joints will be disposed to a higher risk of deterioration.
According to the American Heart Association, walking lowers the risk of cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. To achieve the best exercise effects, it’s recommended at least 30 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. You can start very slowly and then speed up your pace or endurance.
If you have sleeping problems, start practicing walking.
In a study conducted by the ‘Sleep Foundation’, it was revealed that an aerobic exercise (with a moderate intensity, such as walking) can reduced the time it takes to fall asleep. At the same time, it increases the sleep length with chronic insomnia.
In a meta-analysis of walking conducted in 7 countries, showed that regular walking reduces the occurrence of cardiovascular disease by 31% and lower the risk of mortality by 32%. Even 5.5 mile walking per week with 2 mph is going to protect you from the deadliest diseases. Not all of us can run 10 flights of stairs or work out in a gym, but all of us can walk. Now, after reading all the benefits you will get of walking, it’s worth to taking a small daily stroll. What you need is 15 minutes a day and a pair of shoes.
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