Why Should We Go For a Walk?
Walking can be something that we take for granted, because we do it unconsciously as it is a means to getting from one place to another. But, I thought it would be beneficial to look at walking and the benefits of 'walking on purpose' as a way of improving health. If you have mobility issues then even a small amount of walking can help strengthen your body.
First things first though, ensure you wear the appropriate footwear which includes support around your foot and adequate cushioning in the sole, for example trainers or walking shoes. And if its chilly outside, don't let that deter you, just add a few extra layers and step out of the front door to the fresh (or not so fresh) air of the great outdoors.
5 Benefits of Walking
Helps Control Weight
If you are trying to lose weight then walking burns calories and the amount you burn is dependent on how far; how fast and how often you walk.
Strengthen your Heart
Your heart is a muscle therefore it needs to be worked to keep it strong. Changing speeds on a walk will increase and decrease the rate your heart beats therefore exercising the heart muscle and helping to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Lowering the body's sugar levels is important especially if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes. Walking can help to maintain balance and reduce high levels of sugar in the blood.
Reduce Joint Pain
Walking helps to lubricate our joints and the action helps to strengthen the muscles around our knees and hips to support them. It can also help people with arthritis by reducing joint pain.
Boosts the Immune System
If you suffer from viral infections like the common cold, then walking can help to increase the immune system. Research has found that people have fewer infections if they walk regularly and also recover much quickly.