7 Reasons to Walk for Your Best Health

7 Reasons to Walk for Your Best Health

There are way more than 7 reasons to walk. However 7 is a good starting point to clarify why you should include walking for best health at any age or stage of life.

7 reasons to walk for best health

Did you know that regular walking can transform your health for the better? That’s right – you don’t have to run a marathon or climb a mountain to get the benefits of exercise. Simply moving your legs and feet across a surface to get your heart rate up will do wonders for your body!

A lot of attention has been paid to getting in 10,000 steps of walking, jogging or running a day. Just two miles will get you half of those steps. But anytime you are out of a chair, moving around, the steps you take are accumulating  benefit for your overall wellness. If running doesn’t feel accessible or like much fun, don’t worry, there’s another great exercise you can do, and it’s so simple…

It’s walking.

The trick is to do this on a regular basis, not every once in a while. Five or six times a week is what we’re talking about. 30 minutes to an hour, steady, not broken into pieces, is best.
Here are 7 reasons to walk regularly, each week:
• It prevents type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity
• It saves you money that you might have spent on a gym membership
• It can get you off medications (blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
• It can help ease pain related to Fibromyalgia
• It can help you beat breast cancer
• It can reduce your risk of stroke
• It can boost your mental capacities by increasing blood flow to the brain, delaying (or preventing) the onset of diseases like Alzheimers

Walking is a soothing and healthy activity that everyone, including you, can benefit from doing more often. When you walk for health, try to work up a sweat. Strolling is a start but our hearts and bodies need the extra exertion that comes from moving at a reasonable clip.

When you walk with purpose you also burn calories.

Using more calories as energy needed for walking, will allow your body to steadily utilize fat stores if you keep your eating habits the same. Even 1 mile of walking per day uses about 100 calories meaning that, in a month, you can lose a pound without changing your eating at all.

So pull on your sweatshirt, head outside and take a good, long march through the neighborhood or to a nearby park. It will not only make you feel great, it could extend the length and quality of your life!