How many of you have heard that phrase? I bet a lot. How many believe that phrase? Maybe not as many. Let’s dive in and learn if walking is beneficial for your health!
What happens when you put one foot in front of the other? From the experts, it will improve your mood in just ten minutes. But, if you KEEP walking – you may notice that your trousers fit more loosely. Reducing belly fat? Sign me up! Are pants looser? Sign me up! Who doesn’t want extra benefits included in what you’re already doing? Now that you’re outside walking – it’s time to up your calorie burn. Adventure beyond your driveway. Find a hill with a view and take that route. Walk fast up the hill and slow down the hill. It’s shown that alternating your route will burn more calories which is another health benefit.
Heart health and walking? Scott Danberg, director of fitness at Pritikin in Miami says that you greatly reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes among many other chronic diseases. The American Diabetes Association recommends walking to lower your blood sugar levels and to also decrease your risk for developing diabetes. Some research even shows that for every 1,000 steps you take, you could lower your blood pressure by .45 points.
Can walking help you live longer? In fact, it can. One study has shown that people who walk ten to fifty-nine minutes per week have an 18% lower risk of death compared to those who are inactive. Additionally, it’s been shown that walking will kickstart your immune system. It does this by increasing the number of immune cells that attack pathogens in our body, thus lowering our risk of becoming seriously ill from infectious diseases.
From the research I’ve completed, the best thing I’ve learned is that people in motion are more creative than people who are sedentary. In 2014, a creative study was completed on test subjects who were seated and then again on test subjects that were walking. At the end of the study, the results showed that the people in motion were more creative because they were able to see inspiration as they moved while the people sitting could only see what was around them.
So, without further review – I think it’s safe to say that walking every day does have great health benefits. For your health, your mental health, and also creativity – walking is safe and effective.