Have you ever heard the saying by Hippocrates, “Walking is a man’s best medicine?” We would go further by stating that walking combined with good sleep and a healthy diet can help you avoid the doctor altogether.
Just 15-30 minutes of walking every day can dramatically improve not only a person’s overall appearance but also their health.
We were surprised to find that walking is a unique practice that can significantly benefit the entire body and mind. It’s free, easy, and requires little effort.
We have created a list of benefits you can literally walk yourself into.
Benefits Of Walking Daily
8. Positive Brain Changes
As a study reveals, low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking, prevents early dementia, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and improves overall mental health.
Not to mention reducing mental stress and maintaining a higher level of endorphins.
7. Toned Muscles
Muscle tone and weight loss (in cases of overweight) can also be achieved by walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day can be counted as a real workout in a gym, especially if you add a few intervals or walking uphill.
Plus, it’s low-impact and there’s no recovery time, which means no sore muscles and regrets for missing tomorrow’s workout for being so sore the next day.
6. Increased Lung Volume
Walking is an aerobic exercise that increases the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and helps train the lungs, in addition to eliminating toxins and waste.
Due to better and deeper breathing, some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved.
5. Improved Eyesight
Although the eyes seem to be the last thing to connect with the legs, walking actually benefits their health too. It can even help fight glaucoma by relieving pressure in the eye.
4. Beneficial Effects On The Pancreas
It may be hard to believe, but walking for exercise turns out to be a much more effective tool for preventing diabetes than running.
This research shows that a group of “walkers” demonstrated an improvement in glucose tolerance almost 6 times greater (that is, how well cells absorb blood sugar) than a group of “runners” over a 6 month trial period.
3. Better Digestion
30 minutes of walking every day can not only reduce the risk of colon cancer in the future but also improve our digestion and constipation, helping to regulate bowel movements.
2. Prevention Of Heart Disease
According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running in preventing heart disease or stroke.
This activity helps prevent heart problems, reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improves blood circulation.
1. Stronger Bones And Joints
Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent bone loss, and even reduce the risk of fractures.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking in moderation at least 30 minutes a day regularly to reduce joint pain, along with stiffness and inflammation.
We’d love to hear if you’ve tried replacing a trip to the gym or a run for a walk. Tell us in the comments below if the miracles worked for you or not.