It's May, spring is most definitely here, summer is on its way, and it is a perfect time of year to get walking. May is National Walking Month, so there is no better time to start.
Walking is wonderful exercise and a lovely way to see the world, but did you know of the wide range of health benefits associated with it? Here are just a few of the wonderful health benefits that walking can provide.
Improved heart health
Cardiovascular activity is anything that gets your heart pumping. Luckily, walking is one of those. Firing those largest muscles in your body gets your heart pumping as reoxygenated blood is needed to keep those legs moving. Ideally, a brisk or hilly walk is the best for your heart health, but anything you do is a great start.
Increases lung function
As your heart pumps to send oxygenated blood to the muscles, over time regular exercise such as walking helps the body to become more effective at gaining, moving and using oxygen. Lung capacity itself does not increase, but your body becomes much more efficient. It can actually increase your blood volume!
A daily stroll improves balance and coordination by strengthening many muscles in your body.
Increases bone density
Low impact loading on a regular basis increases bone density and can help to prevent bone loss such as osteoporosis.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Exercise boosts those happy chemicals in your brain, such as endorphins - this helps to block pain and increase feelings of well-being.
Helps you to sleep
Moderate exercise has been shown to help you fall asleep faster and helps you to have better quality sleep –but don't exercise right before bed!
Even without weight loss, walking can increase your good (HDL) cholesterol and lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol.
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