Walking is the usual thing we do every day. However, we are not aware how important is walking to us, unless we are not able to do it. The first thing that we need to pay attention about walking is the age.
THE BENEFITS OF WALKING
A study of 12 years in adults aged more than 65 managed to prove that the rate of mortality reduced to 22% by simple walking of just 15 minutes every day.
As the lead researcher stated: “Don’t use age as an excuse not to do exercise. Doing some physical activity on a regular basis has a better effect on general health than any medical treatment does. Less than 50% of older adults can achieve the recommended 75 minutes of exercise with vigorous intensity or 150 minutes of moderate intensity every week.”
This is not supposed to surprise us.
There are many other studies that had already researched walking and managed to prove that it has wonderful effects on our general health. We need to see walking as an aerobic exercise. “Aerobic” means that it stimulates the heart and the respiratory rates and that is what is helping us pump more oxygen to our muscles. We just need a slow stroll for that. The activity becomes more aerobic when you walk faster.
If we increase the circulatory, respiratory and cardiovascular operations, the nutrients that we are intaking are going to go on the correct place and support the exercise. We need to use energy and not store it so that it can help our bones, organs and muscles to be strengthened. We have to move our bodies.
If you lead a more sedentary lifestyle you are not going to have the adequate amount of exercise and it could lead to illness. Also, if we often have low levels of physical activity, it might cause the so-called “sedentary death syndrome”. This condition is real, it could cause various other conditions, illnesses and diseases as well as millions of premature deaths.
FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE
A 2016 study has proved that if you increase walking in obese children to around 45 minutes every day for 5 days a week, you are going to increase their lung capacity at the same time in just 6 weeks. Fast walking is going to help you improve the general fitness level and it’s going to be more efficient.
Mostly, the mental health can be supported if you walk outdoors. Nature and its environment are a lot more different than the things we are using every day, among which are the electronics. They help us lower the depression, decrease our everyday stress and improve the general mood.
Sunshine is mostly important as it supplies us with the needed amounts of vitamin D. Walking indoors could also be beneficial, especially when you walk on a treadmill. It was proved to be also very productive just as walking outdoors. Either way, the mental activity is going to be increased.
LIKE A WALK IN THE PARK
Regular walking will surely help you improve our mobility. Increased mobility will reduce the risk of injury. We know that when we are injured and something hurts us, we definitely don’t want to touch it because it is going to hurt more. That’s is the reason why walking is recommended to people with arthritis and joint issues.
Walking is recommended by the American Heart Association against diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke and diabetes. You don’t have to walk strict half an hour a day. You can divide it into 2 parts and walk 2 times for 15 minutes. Remember to start slowly and just increase the pace.
It’s also recommended to take a walk when you are having problems with your sleep.
Only one walk could have significant results and improve the insomnia.
According to a meta-analysis of walking studies that have been conducted in 7 countries with an average duration of 11 years, regular walking managed to decrease the appearance of cardiovascular events by 31 percent and at the same time, it’s going to decrease mortality risk by 32%. Only 5.5 miles a week at 2 mph could prevent the most serious diseases to appear.
The busy lifestyle cannot allow to everyone to go to the gym, but we can all walk. It is worth it! You just need 15 minutes of your time every day and some comfortable sneakers!
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