As the final installment of our series on why you should take a walk everyday, we’re sharing even more health benefits of walking 30 minutes a day. As you will see, walking can truly improve every aspect of your life to keep you fit and strong physically, mentally and emotionally.
21 – Walking is low impact. For those who have minor injuries or joint pain that prevent them from doing other forms of exercise, walking is a great alternative. Walking is not as jarring on the body as running, jumping, kicking and other forms of aerobic workouts.
22 – Walking helps prevent osteoporosis. Walking protects your cartilage required for good bone health. Studies show that moderate weight-bearing aerobic activity can decrease the effects of osteoporosis, a bone-weakening condition.
23 – Walking reduces risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Outdoor walking gives your skin exposure to sunlight. Even in the winter when the sun is not as strong, walking outside can elevate your mood. Plus it releases pleasure hormones that will perk you up too.
24 – Walking can be intensified easily as fitness levels improve. Walking can start easy and build up to more intense exercise. You can start slow and steady and then gradually increase your range of motion and inclines as your fitness level improves. Also consider adding lunges, squats and backwards walking to the mix to make your walking workout even harder.
25 – Walking tones your glutes. If you want to lift your tush the natural way, start walking everyday. Walking engages the glutial muscles by contracting them with each step. Sounds a lot better than squats, right?
26 – Walking gives you stronger legs. Of course your legs benefit from walking as well. Walking works each of the muscles in your legs. Uphill climbs and even downhills intensify your muscles differently so try to incorporate a range of inclines into your walks for maximum leg results.
27 – Walking doesn’t require days off. Unlike other strenuous workouts, walking can be done every day without need for muscle recovery breaks. This helps you establish a routine quickly and again keeps your body in motion, one of the healthiest lifestyle habits you can have.
28 – Walking barefoot helps you absorb free electrons from the earth. This practice is known as grounding. According to Dr. Mercola, grounding has many benefits including relief from joint, muscle and arthritic pain; improving the quality of sleep; aiding respiration; elevating energy; reducing stress; lowering blood pressure; stabilizing blood glucose levels; and improving the immune system, among others.
29 – Walking helps you reach other goals in your life. Taking a walk everyday will probably make you feel quite accomplished. Once you reach this goal, other goals will seem more attainable. This jumpstart may be just what you need to pep yourself up to succeed in other areas of your life.
30 – Walking allows you to enjoy nature and the world around you. Experiencing the world is one of the best joys in life. Being in nature and observing the world around you can be an exhilarating experience. Walking allows you to take in the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of life, one step at a time.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the health benefits of walking. Join us in taking a walk everyday for your best health!
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