23 Jul 5 Reasons Walking is Good for You
Take a Walk!
5 Reasons Walking is Good for You
All this talk about taking a walk! We’ve seen an explosion in the media about the benefits of walking for both mental and physical health. And now, in the midst of a pandemic, there’s really no better way to exercise than to go outside and get active. If running isn’t your thing, walking is a great alternative.
Unlike gyms or classes, walking is free and is also a great way for absolutely anyone to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Walking for just 30 minutes a day can provide amazing health benefits.
And, of course, there’s an app for that! Because of the growing popularity of walking, there are lots of apps and websites available that sync with your phone or watch to count your steps, track your heart rate, and count your active calories. Smartwatches also tell you when it’s time to get up and move your body, another great way to stay motivated.
Here are 5 good reasons to take a walk each day:
- Weight-Loss—Have you put on weight while sheltering in place or have you been trying unsuccessfully to shed a few pounds for what feels like forever? You’re not alone. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 49% of Americans reported trying to lose weight at some point during the previous year. Walking can burn 200-300 calories per 20-40 minutes depending on your pace. Doing this 5 days a week you’ll burn 1,000-1,500 calories.
- Improved Mood and Creativity—Taking a break to take a walk during your day helps to improve your mood and has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and an overall negative attitude. And a study from Stanford University found that walking boosts people’s creativity. Compared to sitting still, a person’s creative output increased by 60% while walking!
- Disease Prevention—Taking a walk after eating can help lower your blood sugar. And walking just 7,500 steps a day, (3,000 of which should be done at a brisk pace), could be enough to prevent type II diabetes. Walking at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by 19%.
- Ease Joint Pain—Walking can help to strengthen the muscles that support your joints and can, therefore, protect your joints, including your knees and hips. People with arthritis can experience a reduction in pain and walking can actually prevent arthritis as well.
- Energy and Immunity Boost—Going for a walk can increase your overall energy and is a great alternative to your mid-day cup of coffee. Walking can also decrease your risk of getting a cold or flu. According to one study that tracked 1,000 adults during flu season, those who walked had 43% fewer sick days and lessened symptoms if they did get sick.
The takeaway: Take a walk! It’s a great way to improve your total health.