There are many good reasons to take a walk. It is fun, relaxing and above all it is good for your health. But what exactly are the health benefits of walking? I hope this article will convince you that it is a good idea to go for a walk every day and that it will motivate you to keep to your walking schedule until you see the first results.
Walking takes you outside into the fresh air and the sun
No matter how fast or slow you walk, walking takes you outside and into the fresh air. This alone will make you feel better as your body absorbs the oxygen and the sun’s rays. Both are important for your health and well-being.
You will find that the air quality outside, especially when you walk on the beach or in a park, is much better than the air inside your house. Of course, the sunshine outside helps your body to produce all the vitamin D it needs.
Walking can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight
Especially fast and regular walking can help you to achieve and then maintain a healthy weight. Yes, you still need to pay attention to what you eat and make sure you eat healthy food, but walking can be another way to lose those extra pounds.
The nice thing about walking when you are overweight is that you burn a lot of calories, even when you are walking short and slow, simply because you carry so much weight around with you. When you start losing weight, your strength and endurance increase overall, so you can walk longer, further and faster.
Walking improves your sense of balance and coordination
When walking, especially in rough terrain, you also work on your sense of balance and coordination. Even the habit of going for a walk every day will help you. But you can work even more on your sense of balance by moving your head. Turn your head to the right and left while walking until you count to 30. Then move your head up and down until you count to 30. Doing these simple exercises once or twice a day while walking will give you even more benefits.
Walking strengthens your bones and muscles
Even though walking is a less stressful form of exercise, it helps to strengthen and tone the body. If you are just starting out, this is all you need to get into better shape. As you get fitter, in addition to your daily walks, you should consider weightlifting exercises to help you continue to get stronger and develop strong muscles and bones.
Walking Can Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression
Last but not least, the exercise of walking releases endorphins that will help lift your mood and can even reduce depression. Give it a try. The next time you’re feeling tired or are in a bad mood, lace up your sneakers and go for a brisk walk. It works like a charm.
Where’s your favorite place to walk? Tell me in the comments below
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