If you are like many others who may not enjoy running, we totally understand. The good news is that walking has many health benefits as well. You don’t have to run for miles a day to see positive results in your health and wellness. Here are 6 benefits of walking.
Walking improves your mood
For some people it’s chocolate, a good movie, or a glass of wine. Whatever it is that you turn to to help lift your spirits, you can add walking to that list! And the best part is, you’ll be burning calories rather than consuming them. Research shows that walking can modify your nervous system to the point that you will experience a decrease in anger and hostility.
Walking can spike your creativity
If you’re facing a writers block or a problem that you can’t seem to solve, try going for a walk. Chances are that while you’re walking your creative juices will start flowing and you can begin to work your way through a problem or an idea. Now that’s what we call multitasking!
This may be a given, but walking has physical benefits as well as the mental benefits. Walking can increase your metabolism and prevent muscle loss! A walk on the treadmill is also known to aid in fat loss because walking can help to improve your body’s response to insulin, which reduces fat.
Walking is an incredible tool to fight heart disease, increase the heart rate, lower blood pressure and strengthen the heart. “It also lowers the risk of blood clots, since the calf acts as a venous pump, contracting and pumping blood from the feet and legs back to the heart, reducing the load on the heart.”
Improved balance and coordination
In order to increase and maintain balance and coordination, you need to remain active. Walking is an excellent way to keep your muscles working and active. Especially those in your legs and arms.
Walking strengthens your bones
The cells in your bones that build new bone respond well to stress. That means, while you are walking you are putting stress on your bones, therefore allowing your bones to grow stronger.