The Power Of Walking
While many have the best intentions to have a regular exercise program, most have just as many reasons why they don’t perform a regular, structured exercise program. But, honestly there is not much reason why you don’t have time to walk! The human body is designed for daily movement, and it is essential for optimal physiological function and well-being. Consider the following benefits of simply walking.
Increased metabolism means not only burning calories, but it means your body will draw more nutrients from your foods and supplements. This is because the movement effects of walking stimulated the body’s organs. It also means you should have a desire to drink more water and support your body detoxification and elimination, as well as improve digestion.
Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Issues
According to a study from Harvard Medical School, walking 20 minutes a day can alleviate the risks of cardiovascular ailments by 30%. It even projects that it can save Americans billions of dollars a year incurred in health care costs. Walking is one of the greatest low-impact cardio exercises, enhancing the level of HDL(good) cholesterol, and curbing the production of LDL(bad) cholesterol.
Harvard University of Women’s Health states that walking for 2-3 hours per week lowers the risk for uterine and breast cancer by almost 29% and 4 hours per week decreases the chances to 54%.
Boosts Your Memory
While any exercise that gets your heart pumping is great for your brain, walking plays a greater role in boosting memory. It also enhances cognitive benefits, boosting academic performance and creativity.
Walking is the easiest type of workout although you can increase the pace and kick up the intensity. Walking 2 mph for one half and hour can help you burn 75 calories. Push to 3 mph and you can burn 99 calories. Walking regularly can reap the greatest benefits toward preventing obesity.
Tones Your Butt and Thighs
The most ideal way to tone your thighs and butt is to walk as fast as you can. Brisk walking tones your glute muscles. Walking is also better for your spine than running and puts less stress on your disc, and works well for all age groups.
Time to GET WALKING!
Now that you know walking can aid in improving your metabolism, body shape, energy levels, mental clarity and overall well-being, it is time to stop driving, riding elevators and parking further from the door. Get you some good walking shoes for a step in the right direction. Get out into nature and walk or hike, and get some much needed fresh air and exert your energy.
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