When it comes to exercising, we think that we should invest large amounts of money in a gym or do a strenuous routine for an hour or two. However, there are options that provide us with similar benefits without risking both our pocket and our schedules. One of these options is walking .Walking is an exercise that is rarely recognized as such, for two main reasons:

  • It is an activity that we carry out practically every day due to the need to move from one place to another
  • It does not exhaust the body so much, it implies little effort

Despite everything, it provides great benefits to our health over time.

10 benefits of walking

Walking is one of the many exercises that involves little effort and at the same time makes a big difference in our lives, ensuring well-being for the future.

Its benefits are:

1.- Lose weight

2.- Reduces blood pressure levels

3.- Contributes to a better blood circulation

4.- Oxygenates the body

5.- Oxygenates the brain

6.- Reduce stress

7.- Strengthens muscles and bones

8.- Helps accelerate metabolism

9.- Helps eliminate “bad” cholesterol from the arteries

10.- Releases endorphins

Lose weight

If we walk at a good speed and with a constant effort, walking becomes an exercise with cardiovascular impact, which helps transform fat into energy, and consequently lose weight. It is more effective if it is complemented with a well distributed weight, such as that of a backpack, for example.

Lowers blood pressure levels

Cardiovascular health, as it improves, reduces the risk of diseases such as hypertension.

Contributes to better blood circulation

This by strengthening the heart. Thus cardiovascular conditions are avoided, and the muscles are better supplied with new blood during exertion.

Oxygenates the body

Increasing motor skills. The muscles are better able to reach new intensities of exercise.

Oxygenates the brain

Helping to improve cognitive functions. By being in concentration in the process of walking, the burden of thought is released, making you capable of learning something new without becoming saturated so quickly.

Reduce stress

Walking contributes to mitigating stress

Since the more the body is exercising, giving energy to physical work, the mind clears and begins to relax, leaving only the relevant thoughts.

Strengthens muscles and bones

Constant movement accustoms the skeletal system and muscle tissue to an amount of activity. Walking will then help prevent or delay diseases such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

Helps speed up metabolism

By using additional energy when walking, the body will see the need to continue producing it in greater quantity than usual, therefore there will be the favorable consequence that we will have more energy than usual. Energy is usually taken from food, so digestion will also be increased.

Helps remove “bad” cholesterol from arteries

Walking helps maintain a healthy life

Walking breaks down fats into available energy. Part of these fats are “bad” cholesterol, which if it accumulates in the arteries (which are the main routes of blood circulation) generate diseases such as arteriosclerosis, which is a fatty blockage that prevents the correct transport of this liquid.

10.- Releases endorphins : walking, in the course of physical effort, be it little or a lot, stimulates the production of neurotransmitters called endorphins , chemical substances that act in the brain, making us feel very good, like a mental pleasure.

If you haven’t exercised in a long time and would like to resume some physical activity, starting a walking routine can be a great option. It does not require speed or resistance, so you can do it according to the physical condition you have.

It has the advantage of not being such a tiring exercise, so the next day you can do it without problem and without ailments. It is important, of course, that you always remember to wear sports shoes, adapted to avoid injuries and discomfort.

Do not forget another advantage: you can always take a walk in the open air in the place of your choice, and on your own or in the company of your friends. For this reason, it is also an excellent alternative for you to get distracted and discover new places.

Cheer up! It will be fun and will help improve your health and well-being.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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