Hippocrates have ones said that walking is man’s best medicine. He must have been a smart guy!
Why should you start walking?
Walking for 30 to 60 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. Walking doesn’t require special equipment or athletic skills, yet it offers a host of health benefits, from helping you lose weight and lifting your mood to controlling diabetes and lowering your blood pressure.
We are giving to you 10 great reasons why you should start walking, so read them bellow:
Walking Helps You Live Longer
The Honolulu Heart Study of 8000 men found that walking just two miles a day cut the risk of death almost in half. The walkers’ risk of death was especially lower from cancer. Other studies have had similar findings – if you keep walking, you improve your chances of a longer and healthier life.
Walking Helps to Prevent Weight Gain
If you add just 2000 more steps a day to your regular activities, you may never gain another pound. To lose weight, add in more steps.
Walking Help You to Lose Weight
Exercise such as walking is an important part of any weight loss program. You must still watch how much you eat in order to lose weight. But walking helps you build healthy lean muscle, lose inches of fat, and pump up your metabolism.
Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer
Study after study has shown that walking and exercise reduces your risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. Walking is also good for those undergoing cancer treatment, improving their chances of recovery and survival.
Walking Reduces Risk of Hearth Disease and Stroke
Heart disease and stroke are among the top killers of both men and women. You can cut your risk of both in half by walking for 30-60 minutes a day. Get your blood moving!
Walking Improves Your Mood
Movement in the body brings movement in the mind. Walking can be used like yoga to clear the mind and make yourself present to the moment or as a preparation for meditation. You can re-connect your mind and body, and lose yourself in the perfect expression of rhythm, breathing, moving. Many physicians recommend adding regular walking and exercise as a natural treatment to relieve a bout of depression..
Walking Reduces Diabetes Risk
Get out and walk for 30 minutes a day as your minimum daily requirement for health and to prevent Type 2 diabetes. A study shows that walking for 30 minutes a day cut diabetes risks for overweight as well as non-overweight men and women. Walking also helps maintain blood sugar balance for those with diabetes.
Walking Improves Brain Power
A study of people over 60 funded by the National Council on Aging, published in the July 29, 1999 issue of Nature, found that walking 45 minutes a day at 16-minute mile pace increased the thinking skills of those over 60. The participants started at 15 minutes of walking and built up their time and speed. The result was that the same people were mentally sharper after taking up this walking program.
Walking Relieves Stress
Walking can help relieve stress. Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from stressors. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air, and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief.
It is Easy to Get Started Walking
All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and to get yourself out the door or onto the treadmill. You can reap the benefits of walking from doing several shorter walks or one longer walk during the day. To get you on the right foot, this easy tutorial shows you how to walk with good posture and how to increase your walking time each day.