Yes, just walking every day keeps your body healthy. And no need to walk for hours. Only 30 minutes of walking per day is enough!
Not only is walking pleasant, especially in nature … but in addition, it’s good for losing weight, de-stressing, lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It is also a great way to burn fat in the stomach, prevent heart disease, and mentally do yourself good.
In addition, it won’t take much effort and is easy for most to do since all you need is a good pair of sneakers and a nice route! Here are the 7 amazing health benefits of walking that everyone should know.
1. Your mood improves
Hard day? If you’re like me, you may have a tendency to throw yourself on the chocolate bar or satisfy your appetite with snacks and junk food.
Well, the next time you have a hard day, go for a walk instead! Why?
Because scientific studies have shown that a daily walk calms the nervous system to the point of reducing anger and hostility. In addition, when you go for a walk with someone, you feel connected to the person who is walking with you.
As a result, it stimulates a good mood – for both of you.
Finally, walking outside exposes you to natural sunlight, which helps avoid seasonal troubles, including the winter blues.
2. It develops your creativity
Whether you feel stuck at work or looking for a solution to a delicate problem, walking is certainly the best solution to unblock the situation. Indeed, according to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, walking stimulates creativity.
For this study, the researchers did creativity tests on seated subjects and others walking. They found that walkers thought much more creatively than others.
3. You lose weight easily
One of the most important benefits of walking is weight loss and muscle gain. When you walk, you will feel that your pants tighten you less around your abdomen, even if the number indicated on the scale does not change much.
This is because regular walking helps improve the processing of insulin in your body, which reduces belly fat.
A friend of mine managed to reduce her body fat by 2% in just 1 month by simply coming home from work on foot (her work is located less than 1 km away).
Daily walks are, therefore, one of the most effective ways to burn fat easily.
4. You decrease the risk of chronic diseases
Walking lowers blood sugar and the overall risk of diabetes.
Researchers at Boulder University in Colorado have found that regular walking lowers blood pressure by 11 points. It also reduces the risk of stroke from 20% to 40%.
Another study found that those who walk 30 minutes, at least 5 days a week, have a 30% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to those who do not walk regularly.
The health benefits of walking are indisputable. With such impressive results, you shouldn’t even hesitate a minute!
5. You keep beautiful legs
With age, the risk of seeing varicose veins appear on the legs is very real. Fortunately, walking is an ideal way to prevent its development.
Indeed, the venous system includes a circulatory section called “second heart”. It is formed by the muscles, veins and valves located in the calf and foot. This system returns blood to the heart and lungs.
Walking is therefore ideal for strengthening this secondary circulatory system because it strengthens and preserves the leg muscle by stimulating blood circulation.
If you already have varicose veins, daily walking will help relieve swelling in your legs. And if you are predisposed to have varicose veins and/or spider veins, walking every day delays their onset.
6. You have a more regular “transit”
If you sometimes have a little lazy “toilet transit”, the morning walk will help you get it back on track.
Indeed, walking every morning, on a regular basis, improves gastric mobility. It is for this reason that in the hospital, one of the first things a patient in abdominal surgery should do is to walk.
This allows the patient to use his abdominal muscles. But that is not all… It also encourages movement in the gastrointestinal system and stimulates “transit”.
7. It helps you achieve your other goals
Walking every day allows you to set up a good routine in your schedule. This makes it more likely that good habits will not be lost over time. And thanks to all the health, physical, body, and mental benefits of walking, allow you to reach your other goals more easily. You will quickly understand that it is a virtuous circle.
So, what are you waiting for to get started today?