As we all know truly well, exercise is a crucial part of our overall health. Although we rarely have the time to hit the gym, there are plenty of other activities one can do to stay in shape. When we say stay in shape, we don’t just mean lean and good-looking. Staying in shape is a wholesome concept which embodies the body and mind, and this can only be achieved with the right diet and plenty of exercise.
Sadly, as we mentioned, we don’t have much time to exercise. But, everyone has the time to walk. That’s right – walk. The benefits of walking have been largely overlooked, but experts say it’s one of the absolute best exercises for our health.
Below you can see a list of the biggest exercises of walking. You don’t need much of it – 20-30 minutes per day will do.
Improved Heart Health
The most obvious benefit of walking (and physical exercise in general) is improved heart health. Physical activities such as walking will improve your blood circulation, lower your blood pressure, raise your heart rate, and as a result, improve your heart health.
We lead excessively unhealthy lives these days and eat unhealthy diets. As a result, our hearts and cardiovascular systems are suffering a lot. The easier you can make things for your heart, the better. Walking will help your body burn fat faster and improve your heart health and as a result, it’ll improve your longevity as well.
Improves Joint and Bone Health
This one should surprise no one. With age being the biggest risk factor for the deterioration of our bones and joints, prevention is of utmost importance. You can improve the health of both your bones and joints by walking at least 20 minutes per day.
This highly underrated physical activity will improve your bone density and strengthen your spine, lower back, and leg muscles. By doing that, it will significantly reduce the stiffness in your joints and eliminate pain. It will also reduce the risk of fractures. As a whole, you’ll be able to move much better by simply walking for half an hour per day.
May Help You Lose Weight
Although it’s not a miracle pill (nothing is), walking should help you burn fat. It will improve your metabolism and help the body burn fat more efficiently, ultimately leading to weight loss. As an added plus, it will improve your digestion and this is another crucial factor for losing weight.
It may be a simple exercise, but walking packs quite a punch. If you need to lose weight, it may be the best low-impact exercise you can try.
Improves Your Vision
Well, it won’t exactly give you 20-20 eyesight, but walking has been known to reduce eye pressure. This, as some of you may know, is the leading cause of glaucoma in the USA. Surprisingly, experts are adamant that walking can drastically reduce the risk of developing eye conditions – up to a whopping 73%.
Regular physical activity is not something ophthalmologists recommend, but due to the effects of walking, they might want to do so.
Great for Your Mind
Nothing beats walking when it comes to clearing your mind. Put your headphones on, play your favorite tunes, and enjoy the walk. Or just walk in silence or with a friend – whatever floats your boat.
A regular daily walk will clear your head better than anything else. According to some experts, it may even cure depression. Well, not instantly, but it’s the first step (or steps) on the way to better mental health. Give it a try – you don’t have anything to lose.