There is a saying by Hippocrates: “Walking is a man’s best medicine”. But if you combine walking with good sleep and a healthy diet, then you can avoid the visits to your doctor. Your appearance and health as well can be drastically improved if you walk at least 15 to 30 minutes every day.
Walking is a practice that can significantly benefit your whole body and mind, it is free, easy and it does not require a lot of effort.
Here are some benefits of walking: positive brain changes, improved eyesight, prevention of heart diseases, increased lung volume, beneficial effects on the pancreas, improved digestion, toned muscles, sturdier bones and joints, back pain relief and a calmer mind.
- Positive brain changes;
A study revealed that low impact aerobic exercises, for example, the walking, can prevent early dementia, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and can improve the overall mental health. And also it can reduce the mental stress and it can maintain a higher level of endorphins.
- Improved eyesight;
Almost everyone will be surprised when they hear that walking can improve their eyesight, and will be wondering why the eyes will be connected with the legs, but walking can benefit the health of the eyes too. It may help in fighting glaucoma by relieving the eye pressure.
- Prevention of heart diseases;
Walking helps in avoiding heart problems by lowering the high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and it improves the blood circulation.
- Increased lung volume;
We all know that walking is an aerobic exercise. But this exercise increases the oxygen flow in the bloodstream and it helps in training your lungs, and it eliminates toxins and waste. If you start to breathe better and deeper, some symptoms that are associated with lung disease can also be relieved.
- Beneficial effects on the pancreas;
This for some people may be hard to believe but walking is a much more effective tool than running when it comes to preventing diabetes. A research showed that a group of walkers demonstrated improvement in their glucose tolerance almost six times greater (in other words, that means how well the blood sugar is absorbed by cells) than that of a group of runners over a six month trial period.
- Improved digestion;
If you walk 30 minutes every day, that could lower the risk of colon cancer and it could improve your digestion and constipation by helping to regulate your bowel movements.
- Toned muscles;
You can also achieve muscle tone and weight loss with walking. If you walk 10,000 steps a day, that could be counted as an actual workout in a gym, especially if you walk uphill. This is low impact and there is no recovery time, which means you won’t have sore muscles and regrets if you miss the tomorrow’s workout because you’ve been too sore the next day.
- Sturdier bones and joints;
If you want to reduce the pain in your joints, along with the stiffness and inflammation, you need to walk moderately at least 30 minutes a day. You can provide more joint mobility by walking and you can prevent the loss of bone mass, and you can even reduce your risk of fractures.
- Back pain relief;
Walking will become your life-saver if you experience back pain during more challenging high-impact exercises. Because walking is a low-impact activity it won’t cause you more pain or discomfort, like running would do. You will have a better blood circulation within the spinal structures with walking and your posture and flexibility will be improved which is vital for a healthy spine.
- A calmer mind (if it was an organ).
Walking can improve the depression symptoms in patients who have major depressive disorders. If walking can help them, then just imagine what it can do for those who are feeling down or exhausted. Walking could help you to cope with it easily. And if you walk with a friend or your loved one that will multiply the happy-effect and your mood will improve!