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We were created to move! When we sit for long periods of time, the body suffers in many ways. One simple way to positively contribute to your overall health is to walk. Check out some of the amazing benefits of walking, below.
It wards off heart disease, brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens the heart.
It releases natural pain-killing endorphins to the body, which is one of the emotional benefits of exercise.
A brisk, 30-minute walk burns 200 calories.
As little as 10 minutes of walking can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. What’s more, exercisers may reduce their risk for developing troublesome sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
Impact that comes from movement or compression such as walking, “squishes” the cartilage, bringing oxygen and nutrients into the area. If you don’t walk, joints are deprived of life-giving fluid which can speed deterioration.
This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints and muscles, which are meant to handle weight, helping to lessen arthritis pain and even increase arm muscles, if you pump them while you walk.