Everyone knows that all exercise can be extremely beneficial for your health but even a mild form of exercise such as walking has many surprisingly beneficial factors to keep you healthy and strong. It was even stated by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that walking is "the closest thing we have to a wonder drug."
Take a look at these 10 valuable rewards of walking.
1. Maintain a healthy weight: Harvard researchers have found that people who walk briskly for approximately an hour every day, halve the effects of obesity-promoting genes. This is based on a study conducted on over 12,000 people which reviewed 32 weight-promoting genes.
2. It helps tame a sweet tooth: Two studies were conducted by the University of Exeter found that a quick 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and sugary snacks. As well as this, walking can also reduce the amount of snack intake during stressful situations.
3. Reduces the risk of breast cancer: An American Cancer Society study that focused on walking found that women who walked seven or more hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer than those who walked three hours or fewer per week. And walking provided this protection even for the women with breast cancer risk factors, such as being overweight or using supplemental hormones.
4. Eases joint pain: This aerobic exercise is easy on the joints which is essential for people with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation as well as several studies that have been conducted, walking has been proven to reduce arthritis related pain as well as preventing people from developing arthritis. Walking protects the joints by lubricating them with synovial fluid and strengthens the muscles that support these joints.
5. Boosts your immune system: A study conducted on over 1,000 men and women found that people who walked for at least 20 minutes a day and at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised only once a week or less. The people that did get sick were ill for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.
6. Lifts your mood: A study conducted at California State University showed that the more steps people took during the day, the better their moods were. Walking releases endorphins to the body. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and also trigger a positive feeling in the body, essentially lifting your mood.
7. Improves sleep: Many studies conducted on sleep and insomnia have found that people who walk for an hour a day find it easier to fall asleep and the sleep they are in is a deeper sleep than those that did not do any physical exercise.
8. Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk: A study from the University of Virginia found that people who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had a fifty percent less chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those who walked less.
9. Improves circulation: Walking improves the blood flow in the body which can help decrease heart disease, increases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart. Walking everyday lowers people’s blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.
10. Improves your breath: Your breathing rate increases as you walk which causes oxygen to travel faster through the bloodstream and in turn helps to eliminate waste products and improve your energy level.
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