Walk for Your Health

Image by Poul-Werner Dam

Image by Poul-Werner Dam

When you see (or hear) the words: Walk for your Health, you may flinch and think, “Enough is enough!” Everywhere you turn there are articles, research, advice from fitness experts, etc. that tell you to walk for you health.

You know that walking is good for you – I know that walking is good for me – even doctors agree that walking is good for us.  And yet . . . many people are resistant.

In spite of that resistance, I’m going to join the voices and give you eight reasons why you should walk for your health.

A 15- to 20-minute daily walk can do all of the following:

  1. Promote Weight Loss

A healthy diet coupled with a daily walking regimen is a great way to lose those extra pounds you have been carrying.  Even a few times around the block will burn extra calories. But, if you are serious about weight loss, a 30-minute brisk walk five days a week will do wonders.

  1. Increase Energy

I hear people complain about being tired all the time. If you are one of those who feel that way, walking can be the answer to your problem. It may take all you have to get started – and you may feel like you are dragging when you first start, but stay with it.  The more you walk, the more energized you will feel, which leads to being more physically active – which leads to greater productivity in your life.

  1. Improve Your Mood

Exercise releases endorphins (happy chemicals) in your brain that make you feel better.  When endorphins flow freely, tension is released, stress dissipates and depression and anxiety begin to fade.

  1. Provide Vitamin D

As a society we spend most of our lives indoors, which often results in a Vitamin D deficiency.  So, by walking on a daily basis (outside), you are not only getting all the other physical benefits we have discussed, you are also soaking up natural Vitamin D from the sun.

  1. Improve Balance

This benefit is more for the seniors – but can apply to everyone. Unfortunately, as we age, balance can be affected, which often leads to falls and serious injury. If you walk all your life, you will be building strong bones and sustain better balance as you get older.  If you are already a “senior” – it is never too late to start. Walking makes you stronger, improves your balance and lessens the chance of falling.

  1. Boost Your Immune System

If you are susceptible to colds and infections, you may have a weakened immune system – walking can help.  A small study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center suggests that exercise is not only good for your overall health, but it can boost your immune system and possibly help guard against cancer.

  1. Strengthen Your Heart

If you have a heart condition, are at high risk for heart disease, or simply want to be proactive about your health, it is wise to take action to protect and strengthen your heart.

Daily walking gets your blood pumping through your body, which helps your heart function more efficiently. It is a natural way to lower blood pressure and eliminate the need for medication.

  1. Improve Brain Function

The human brain is a miraculous organ that can be affected by your physical health. Walking reduces the risk for many diseases with dementia being at the top of the list. It also protects your cognitive ability and improves your memory.

Walk for your health – you will reap enormous benefits! Start today! 

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