Nowadays, people are so caught up in their daily chores that walking, relaxation and exploring the unknown comes last on the ‘to do’ list. Yet, walking is one of the best exercises out there, and can be done by everyone and everywhere no matter the age and no matter the circumstances.
It is done and can be done when walking to your car, or bus, to work, to shops or just a stroll in the park walking your dog or meeting up friends.
However, sadly, people tend to look for options to cut down the distance of walking more and more: are desperate to park closer to the door, shop online more, etc. forgetting the true benefits of walking.
In the last decades, and even more and more in the last couple of years researchers draw attention to the dangers that physical inactivity has on the human body and mind and highlight the urgency of exercise to prevent and fight illnesses.
The best, easiest and cost-effective form of exercise is walking. This form of activity is accessible to every one of us, no matter the age or location. We can all find ways to enjoy walks.
Walking Benefits For Mental Health
- Improves self-perception and self-esteem
- Improves mood and sleep quality
- Reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue
- Reduces symptoms of depression. The Best antidote.
- Improves memory and prevent strokes
- Reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia
- In older people, can improve cognitive function, memory, attention and processing speed
Walking Benefits For A Healthy Body
- Reduces the risk of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight. Help lose weight and tone your body
- Improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Helps you build healthy bones and toned muscles
- Improves balance and reduces the risk of falls
- Increases life expectancy and reduces mortality
- Increases metabolism and strengthens the immune system
Other Benefits Of Walking
- Improves your social life. Expand your social group by joining walking groups – people that share your values and interest. Be surrounded by people that make you happy and helps you grow.
- Meet the one. Bygones are the times when it was relatively easy to meet the one that makes your heart skip. The age of technology ‘pushed us’ into isolation with research showing an increase in loneliness among each age group, especially the younger ones. Going out for a walk will definitely increase the chances of meeting that special one.
- Helps when dealing with grief. It helps to walk it off. Only time can heal but walking can make it better. Helps you see it from a different perspective and gives you the opportunity to meet other people who might help you with your grief by giving you advice or just listen. Some say that talking about it (especially to a relative stranger) helps a lot; and not only because someone is listening, but because saying things out loud helps you understand better where are you standing within that situation so you can come up quickly with solutions and steps on how to move on. It is totally worth a try – it’s free and you have nothing to lose but only to gain.
Such An Easy Activity With Such A Huge Positive Result
Dementia, stroke, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and depression are only a few illnesses that we hear about daily or maybe are part of our life and kind of terrify us.
Researchers after researchers proved that the simple act of walking brings numerous health benefits to our body. Only a few minutes a day help to transform your health, body and mind into a positive outcome.
Walking can reduce pain, and improve function, mobility, mood and quality of life, without worsening symptoms.
Walking promotes relaxation, fights and prevents anxiety, depression, dementia, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The more you walk the more energetic and in a better mood you will feel.
…And never forget:‘No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.’ Unknown Click To Tweet
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Until next time
Oana & Paula