Walking seems like such a regular, everyday activity, but it’s one of the best – and easiest – ways to improve your health.
And it doesn’t need to be long stretches of walking to reap the benefits. Just 20-30 minutes per day can increase your cardiovascular health, help you lose weight and lift your emotions.
Here are 8 things that just a little jaunt around the block can help you with:
Strengthens your heart – walking up to 30 minutes a day helps reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and increasing good (HDL) cholesterol.
Boosts Vitamin D – Walking outside helps your body synthesize sunlight into Vitamin D. Since it’s difficult to get Vitamin D from food, it’s important to participate in outdoor activities to absorb this vital nutrient.
Keeps your brain sharp – Taking a daily walk can help reduce dementia by up to 40%. It preserves memory and helps avoid brain shrinkage.
Lowers risk of disease – Besides being great for your heart, walking every day can lower your risk of diabetes, asthma and certain cancers.
Keeps your body trim – Walking at a brisk pace can help you burn about 100 calories in 30 minutes. It also builds and tones muscles.
Boosts Energy – A brisk walk every day boosts circulation and increases oxygen, helping you feel refreshed and energized.
Builds strong bones – Walking actually stimulates and makes bones stronger by increasing their density. It can also help reduce the chance of developing arthritis by keeping joints healthy.
Elevates your mood – Just a few minutes of walking out in the sun can have a similar impact on depression as taking antidepressants. Any type of moderate exercise – such as walking – helps release endorphins into the blood stream that reduce stress and anxiety.
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