Walking has a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. It is one of the best ways to maintain healthy weight, strengthen your muscles, improve coordination and prevent such conditions as high blood pressure or heart disease.
In addition, walking can boost your metabolism, make you feel better and improve your mood. It is very simple and absolutely free. I always try to stay physically active and highly recommend you walk for at least 30 minutes every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off one station earlier and walk to your destination or simply walk for a while during your lunch break. In this article, I would like to tell you about the benefits of walking in detail.
The benefits of walking
It improves your mood
A glass of wine or some chocolate after a stressful day can cheer you up a bit. However, walking has the same benefit (but zero-calorie). Regular walking can help you beat depression in some ways. When you are walking, you soak up sunlight, enjoy the greenery and unwind. Walks with your partner or friend can improve your connections and make you happier.
It makes you more creative
If you are trying your best but cannot come up with a creative solution, you should consider going for a walk. It will clear your mind and make your creative juices flowing. Physical activity can take your mind off. After a walk, the solution will surely come to your mind.
It can help overcome depression
Depressed people feel sad and oftentimes it is very hard for them to get up and start doing something. However, walking is one of the things a depressed person should do. Depression might be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Walking releases such chemicals as serotonin and dopamine. Even though you still need medication to fight some forms of depression, walking can make this treatment more effective.
It improves digestion
Digestion is important for eliminating waste and toxins from the body. The nutrients from food give us energy, however, some of them should expel from the body. After a heavy meal, take a stroll around the city instead of sitting at home. It will aid with digestion. Walking may also help ease up your stomach and keep your digestive tract healthier.
It boosts your energy
Any physical activity results in enhanced energy levels and walking is no exception. Walk for no less than 30 minutes three times a week. It will help increase your energy levels.
It lowers blood sugar levels
Food is like fuel for your body. If you don’t move after a meal, the fuel remains unused. If fats and sugars are never used, it can cause weight gain and a rise in blood sugar levels. That’s why you should always go for a walk after a big meal.
It boosts your Vitamin D naturally
Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium in the body, which for its part is important for maintaining bones healthy. We get most of the Vitamin D from sun exposure. Unfortunately, many people prefer to spend time indoors and are deficient in the vitamin. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to cancer, bone pain, muscle weakness, risk of cardiovascular disease. It also increases the risks of developing Alzheimer`s and dementia.
You burn fat
Even a short 30-minute walk can help you burn about 200 calories, which is equivalent to one cheeseburger or glazed doughnut. If you want to lose some belly fat, you should burn more calories than you consume. You can also plan a route that includes hills and switch between slow walking and a faster pace. Challenge yourself to hit a certain amount of steps to stay motivated.
Your bones get stronger
With age, our bones begin to weaken. Walking involves our feet and legs supporting our weight so our bones have to work harder. As a result, they become stronger. People who don’t exercise are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Walking helps us maintain our bones healthy and strong. It also improves blood flow and strengthens the muscles surrounding joints.
Your heart gets stronger
Our heart is like a muscle: the more you train it, the stronger it becomes. When you are walking, your heart rate and blood distribution to the body, legs and cells increase. The longer you walk, the stronger your heart gets and the more blood it pumps. Walking lowers the risk of heart disease and early death as well. After some time, your body becomes trained and can endure longer periods of high-pace activity.
You sleep better
Walk every day and forget about sleep disorders. The body temperature increases during a walk and drops after completion. This helps us relax and we fall asleep faster. Walking can also help mitigate pain and stress, which oftentimes cause sleep disturbances.
Alessandro Rocco Pietrocola is an entrepreneur and investor based in London and operating mainly in Europe, Asia and Oceania with main focus on UK, Baltic Countries, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and New Zealand as area of interest! At the moment is the CEO of Astorts Group. He is an UK FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Approved Person and is has great experience as director of regulated companies. He uses to dedicate part of his life to inspire others and help them achieve the most out of their life. Since he was 20, he had successfully founded and managed several companies operating in the field of management consulting, wealth management and fintech. He loves travelling, he is a cigars lover, an amateur golfer and a dapper man.