Benefits of Walking

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re doing well!little-girls-walking-773024_1280

The overwhelming majority of us humans have been blessed with the ability to walk. However, with our ever increasing sedentary lifestyle fewer of us are taking advantage of this ability.

If you are anything like me and you don’t have any formal exercise routine, walking can be a great way to start your journey towards living a more active lifestyle. Although walking may not replace a more rigorous exercise routine it can provide numerous health benefits.

It is important to mention that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity. The CDC mentions that one way to meet this recommendation is through brisk walking. Although this post only focuses on walking the CDC also recommends performing muscle strengthening activities at least two times a week.

Some of the physical benefits of walking include:

Heart Health:

Walking improves our blood circulation which helps maintain a healthy heart. Research shows that walking regularly can protect us from heart disease and over time can strengthen the heart. Also, walking can help reduce blood pressure.

Bone, Muscle, and Joint Health:

For those who suffer from osteoporosis walking can help stop the loss of bone mass. Walking also tones and strengthens the leg and abdominal muscles. Walking is especially important for joint health because the joint cartilage does not have a direct blood supply and so the only way our joints get the vital nutrition that they need is if we move.

Better Sleep:

Research shows that walking can help relieve some of the effects of insomnia allowing for better sleep.

Weight Management:

Walking at a brisk pace can help burn calories which can eventually lead to weight loss. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight walking can help you maintain a healthy figure.

Walking also benefits our mental health and well-being.

Better Mood:

A study by Cal State Long Beach revealed that the more steps people took in a day the better their mood was. Also, walking releases endorphins which are natural pain killers.

Better Memory:

A study by the University of California San Francisco showed that age related memory decline was lower in people who walked.

Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s:

A study of men between the ages of 71 and 93 showed that those that walked more than a quarter mile a day had a decreased rate of incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The excuse that most of us use is that we don’t have time to walk. However, recent research shows that we can break up our exercise routine into short periods of exercise performed multiple times a day.

The most important step we can take for our own well-being is to simply start walking a few minutes a day and gradually work our way up in increasing our time and speed.

With Love,

Yasmin

 

11 thoughts on “Benefits of Walking

  1. We sold our car after moving to the city and walk everywhere – it’s great! Obviously for longer distances we Uber / hire car / public transport, but we’re mostly on foot. Saves the environment, money, and health – what could be better? ☺️

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing this. That’s so great that you and your family were able to do this! Your absolutely right, walking is so good for the environment as well! I totally forgot about that!

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  2. Top of the morning to you, Yasmin!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I am most appreciative and am delighted to be back in your part of the blogsphere. Yours is such a lovely place. And yes indeed, I adore walking. Although I tend to move between weights on certain days and walk on the treadmill or step on the various steppers, I rather love walking in the early or late afternoon. I am fully alive under the kiss of the wind, the gentle wetness of the rain, in the chilly embrace of the cold.

    A lovely post for sure!

    Delighted,

    Claudia

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    1. Claudia, thank you so much for your very kind words! You are so sweet!!! And I really enjoy reading your blog as well!! Yes I love walking as well but since I live in California I prefer early morning walks before the sun gets too hot😄

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      1. Greetings Yasmin!
        I know it has been such an incredibly long time since I’ve revisited my blog, but it is a Thursday delight to read your words. Thank you! I am visiting my baby sister here in Florida, and we found ourselves joyously walking last night, getting in three miles in the local park! I do hope you are yet blogging and walking.
        Have a beautiful Cally day! 😀

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      2. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! I’ve been so busy with my senior year of college I’ve had to take a break from blogging but I will definitely start blogging again soon! And yes luckily I have continued walking and oh wow three miles is a lot!!! That’s great too hear that you and your sister enjoyed your walk! I feel that walking can be a great bonding experience!

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  3. Thank you so much! I honestly don’t know much about minimalism but I definitely look forward to following your blog and learning more😊

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