Walking: Health Benefits

Did you know that walking provides many benefits to the physical and mental health of the body. What happens to the body when you walk everyday?

Improves digestion – walking for an half an hour everyday improves digestion and controls bowel movements. Walking also helps people with chronic constipation to have a chance to survive colon cancer.

Improves vision – walking can help fight glaucoma by relieving eye pressure. Walking is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of developing glaucoma and ease its symptoms. It also strengthens and stimulates the visual cortex.

Stronger bones and joints – walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss bone density, and reduce the risk of fracture. Thirty minutes of moderate walking everyday can reduce pain stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Lose weight – walking can help burn calories and reduce weight. Walking uphill will burn more calories than on flat surface.

Improve your mood – walking can reduce anxiety, depression and negative mood. It can also boost self esteem and reduce social withdrawal. Ten minutes walking can be done everyday.

Relief back pain – walking contributes to better circulation within the spinal structures, pumps important nutrients to the soft tissues and improve posture and flexibility which are important for a healthy spine. While walking, makes the spine more stable and strengthens the muscles to keep the body straight. Good posture added a few inches in the height .

Avoiding heart disease – thirty minutes walking everyday helps to prevent serious problems such as coronary heart disease, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.

Lung volume increases – walking is an aerobic exercise that increases the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and helps remove toxins and waste which is good for the lungs.

Toned muscles – muscle tone can be obtained by simply walking . Ten thousand steps a day can be as effective as an actual work out at the gym especially if you add intervals or walk uphill.

Disclaimer : This is for informative and educational purposes only . Always consult a health professional for questions and advices regarding health issues.


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