You may be surprised at the amount of benefits to your health come from something as simple as walking! So let’s get straight into it, here are 8 of the best ways daily walking can improve your health…
Boosts the immune system
Walking at a moderate pace for 30-45 minutes a day could help reduce your risk of catching a cold or the flu! Studies show that those who walk daily also have milder symptoms when they do get sick.
Improves the mood
Strengthens the heart
Walking helps improve your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and can benefit your overall heart health. Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 40%!
Lowers blood sugar
Walking after eating may help to lower blood sugar. Studies have shown that short, frequent walks immediately after meals can reduce blood sugar levels by around 12%, as opposed to one longer walk in the day. More studies are needed, but this could be a promising help for those suffering with diabetes.
Helps you to sleep better
It’s a fairly well-known fact that exercise can improve sleep, but some studies have shown that walking may be even more effective than a workout for helping you to sleep better. It is not known exactly why walking helps, but it could be partly down to the effect walking has on stress reduction, as well as increased exposure to natural light which can help to regulate sleep rhythms and hormone production.
Walking increases oxygen flow through the body, as well as boosting levels of energy hormones such as endorphins and cortisol, so it may increase your energy levels just as much as a cup of coffee would!
Help with joint pain
Walking increases blood flow and strengthens muscles, so it can improve your range of motions and help protect the joints. Studies have shown that it can help to reduce pain in those suffering with arthritis, as well as increasing mobility.