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Walking Benefits

Published 6/21/13

Walking, although a very simple and low tempo activity, can have great benefits for the human body. Research has shown that walking and doing moderate activity for just 30 minutes a day can greatly benefit heart health. Some researchers believe that walking may be just as beneficial as jogging or running when it comes to heart health. 

Benefits of Walking

There are many ways in which walking aids the human body, especially in regards to ca health. Research also concludes that walking for physical fitness can also benefit one's phsycological well-being. The benefits of walking include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and improves blood pressure control while lowering cholesterol levels.

-Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers.

-Walking can improve one's ability to become more sensitive to insulin and as a result reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. This increased sensitivity to insulin allows glucose to properly work inside the body's cells rather than piling up in the blood stream.

-Boosts the immune system 

-Great way to burn fat and reduce the risk of obesity.

-Improves mood and enhances mental well-being.

-Reduces stress

-Builds up endurance

-Increases lung capacity

Walking Tips

Walking is a very simple activity but there are ways to ensure that you are walking in the more effective manner Make sure to always walk with your head up and not looking at the ground. Relax your back, neck and shoulders while walking to decrease stress and tension levels. Swing your arms from side to side to allow your body to flow in a rhythmic fashion. Tighten your stomach slightly, keep your back is straight and focus on controlling your breathing to give your mind a mental break. 

Conclusion

People tend to rare choose walking a form of physical fitness because it is slow and can be mundane. However,  a great way you can start your walking routine is by finding a friend or partner to walk with or putting together a playlist with your favorite music to entertain you while you walk. Then establish a set time in the day to walk together with your friend, whether it be in the morning or night, which allows your body to become used to a routine and gives you something to look forward to. It’s also important to warm up before you walk with some stretching and cool down with some more stretching and deep breathing at the end of the walk. Stretching at the end of your walking session will decrease the amount of muscle fatigue and muscle soreness you feel in the following days. 

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