Health Benefits Of Walking
The health benefits of walking are invaluable and easily attained. Before Henry Ford invented the Model T in 1908, everyone walked, and the amount of walking done during those “pre automotive” days delivered many benefits to the population of our country. While I have not formally researched this claim, it is my guess we were all more ideal in size and words like body mass, obesity, and Jenny Craig did not exist, nor were they even necessary. Today's society provides a stark contrast to this scenario.
Our population is struggling with the illnesses experienced from the lack of exercise. The solution can be involved and complicated but it can also be quiet simple; we should walk more. Walking can be part of the answer to this growing health concern. It is an ideal form of cardio exercise; it is free, inexpensive, almost anyone can do it, and it has proven results. Just 30 minutes a day at a moderate pace can cut the risk of heart disease by nearly 40%! Better yet, the health benefits of walking do not confine themselves to only the heart; it is beneficial in many other ways, both physically and mentally. Walking is effective in controlling weight and toning the body while it dejects depression, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
The ability to fight against depression is not as obvious as the cardiovascular health benefits of walking but it is just as note worthy. Walking causes the brain to release “feel – good” chemicals, neurotransmitters and endorphins, that relieve depression. The release and use of these natural chemicals to relieve depression is far better than prescribed antidepressants that are not without side effects. Walking is easily done and has no adverse medical side effects. Because of this “feel good” effect, walking is an exercise that is easily incorporated into the lifestyle of a person and therefore becomes very effective.
An additional perk or health benefit of walking is monetary; the only thing a person needs to participate and benefit from this exercise is a good pair of walking shoes. It should be stressed that to obtain the maximum health benefit from walking the investment should be made in the correct shoes. Good walking shoes should give the walker a snug fit and good arch support along with a cushioned heel and room enough to wiggle the toes. It is important that the walker feel comfortable in their walking shoes because comfort allows for a more enduring exercise session. For instance, A 30 minute brisk walk burns approximately 185 calories whereas a 10 minute brisk walk burns approximately 60! Along with the release of more endorphins, the walker has the satisfaction of burning more calories.
The health benefits of walking are vast and include strengthening the immune system and helping in the “battle of the bulge”. Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise with the added benefit of relieving many health problems at essentially no cost other than a small amount of time which can actually be very enjoyable. These features persuade many people to choose walking as their primary source of exercise and they, consequently, experience the many health benefits of walking.
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