One of the main benefits of walking when it comes to your health is that it is a simple,cheap and the effective way of burning calories. While most of the benefits of walking are physically health-related, there are some mental benefits of walking too. Here are 6 benefits of walking to improve your health.
1. It's Simple To Fit Into Your Day.
You can easily fit walking into your day. For example, you can park your car a little further from work or get off public transport one stop early. It's low strenuous form of exercise that can fit into your daily schedule and walking can be enjoyed by all the family.
2. It Helps To Manage Your Weight.
The benefits of walking as a form of exercise helps to burn extra calories. A 15-minute walk after lunch at steady pace of 3mph will burn approximately 60-70 calories depending on your weight. While this doesn't sound like much, it amounts to 300 calories over a 5-day working week. Add to that some walking at the weekend and you can see how the calories burned over a week can really add up.
3. It Aids Your Circulatory System.
When you're walking your heart rate increases and this gets the blood moving around your body. When more blood goes to your body's cells it gets more good oxygen into your body and more unwanted carbon dioxide and waste out. A strong circulatory system helps to lower your risk of heart disease and reduce your blood pressure.
4. It's Good For Your Lungs.
Your lungs have to work harder when you walk to get air in and out. In the process, your lungs will gain capacity and become more efficient. More capacity and better efficiency helps your lungs to get more oxygen from the air and into your blood, and remove waste carbon dioxide from your blood into the air.
5. It Can Help Your Mood.
There are mental benefits of walking too. A walk after lunch can help you to clear your mind, relieve the any stress from the morning and help you to better prepare yourself for the work you have to do in the afternoon.
6. Improve Your Brain Power.
The benefits of walking also directly effect your brain fitness. The brain functions better when your blood has flowed more throughout your body, you have more oxygen and less carbon dioxide in lungs and you're less stressed. The positive effects carry over for hours after you are done walking.
By Jon Allo