Walking is the most typical exercise that you won’t need to exert lots of effort. We all know how this is beneficial to anyone, but here are still some life-changing benefits that are worth pointing out.
- Walking reduces your risk for coronary heart disease
You might be surprised to learn that 50% of all deaths in the United States are directly related to heart disease. It’s the single biggest killer. The good news is that regular physical activity, like walking, helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Additionally, it can help you recover from a heart attack or heart surgery and reduce your risk of suffering another heart attack.
- Walking reduces high blood pressure
High blood pressure has been called the silent killer. When you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your arteries. This causes it to enlarge which then puts you at risk for heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure.
When you walk at a heart-pumping pace, you actually increase blood flow so that your muscle cells get the oxygen that they need. After exercise, your blood pressure will be a bit lower than when you started. This effect can last for a while. Additionally, walking and exercise help clear up the things that cause high blood pressure, thus reducing your blood pressure and helping to bring it down to more normal levels.
- Walking improves your blood lipid profile, aka cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol in your body: HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein). They’re both needed to build and repair the walls of your cells. However, too much LDL, which is often called “bad” cholesterol, can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. In contrast, HDL is often called “good” cholesterol and is also used to help remove fats from your bloodstream. If you don’t have enough HDL, you end up with clogged arteries.
Walking and regular exercise help increase HDL and lower LDL. A healthy diet in combination with daily vigorous walking boosts the results.
- Walking helps you lose weight and keep it off
Obesity is one of the biggest contributors to disease. It causes cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. And let’s face it, extra weight just isn’t comfortable. Our lives are too sedentary. We sit too much. Your body was meant to move. And it doesn’t have to move in superstar athletic, seemingly superhuman ways.
You don’t have to do CrossFit, ride your bike across the country, or swim the English Channel to get fit. You can walk like you were born to. As you walk, you’ll begin to modify your metabolism. You’ll burn more calories during the day. You’ll also burn calories as you walk.
Walk faster, burn more. Walk longer, burn more. A lifelong walking for fitness program will help you lose weight and keep it off.
- Walking reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes
Walking helps you balance your blood sugar by getting your muscles burning the sugars. It increases the number of insulin receptors in your cells which in turn helps move the blood sugar into your cells rather than lingering in your blood and making you insulin resistant. And if you want to boost the effects, walk after eating. It helps improve blood glucose control and burns more fat and calories.
There are so many benefits of walking as an exercise but above are I believe is the worth pointing out when it comes to our health.