Health Benefits Of Walking You’ll Love

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

The benefits of walking seem so obvious that they’re rarely discussed. Here are 8 reasons to start, or keep, walking.

1. Stress

 
 

Reduces stress: There is nothing more relaxing than taking a walk in nature. The fact that long walks reduce the level of cortisol in your body makes it more relaxing.

2. Heart Health

Reduces the risk of heart disease: The more active you are, the better is your cardiac health. Walking for 20 to 30 minutes a day sustains the blood flow in your body, subsequently reducing the risk of heart disease.

3. Immunity

 
Also Read : Metabolic Syndrome
 

Boosts immune function: People who have an active metabolism are less prone to infections. Taking long walks on a regular basis helps you fight common bacteria and viruses by increasing your t-cell generation.

4. Cognitive Function

Improves cognitive functioning: A regular session of walking or jogging every day increases your control over your body and mind. Your control over your cognitive skills improves, keeping you ready for the day.

5. Blood pressure and Blood sugar

Improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels: Walking at a brisk phase helps you maintain your blood pressure and blood sugar levels at the stipulated level.

6. Obesity

Lowers risk of obesity: It might take time but with continuous effort, walking will help you lose excess body weight. It might not bring you into perfect shape but will help you maintain a decent BMI.

7. Osteoporosis

Reduce the risk of osteoporosis: Walking gives continuous motion to every bone in your body, strengthening them in the process. This prevents the onset of osteoporosis after the age of 50.

8. Meditation

Meditation and “ME TIME”: Walking is also a kind of meditation, if practiced regularly. Walking refreshes both your mind and body to the full extent. A fresh mind away from distractions helps you think and make better decisions.

 

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