Everyone wants to be healthy and they also know that exercise is an important part of the process.
Knowing and doing are two different things. Many times people don’t exercise because they believe that you have to have expensive equipment or an equally expensive gym membership.
The truth is you can get all the exercise you need just by going for a walk everyday. No special equipment is required except you and pair of good walking shoes.
People don’t see walking as an exercise because they don’t realize the tremendous health benefits to it. Sometimes the simplest things are the most powerful.
So let’s look at 11 benefits that walking brings to your health.
1. It Strengthens Your Heart & Cardiovascular System
Your heart is a muscle and walking helps to make that muscle stronger. A good way to tell that you are giving it enough exercise is to measure your heart rate while walking. You want to be at 50-85% of the maximum range for your age. Take the number 220 and subtract your age and that is you maximum heart rate. So the maximum heart rate for a 45 year old would be 175 and you would want to keep it between 85 – 148 beats per minute. By doing this you greatly reduce you risk of heart disease and stroke and it also lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood.
2. Helps With Weight Loss
You can easily lose a pound or more a month just by adding a daily walk to your routine. Combine that with healthy eating and you can reach a healthy target weight.
3. Gives You Energy
Walking is known to boost the oxygen in your blood giving you more energy. It also increases your metabolism which makes you feel revitalized.
4. Makes You Happy
When you exercise it releases endorphins which are chemicals in your brain that make you happy. So don’t sit when you are feeling down. Move!
5. Reduces Stress
Walking allows your body to get rid of excess stress, which will make you healthier because your immune system is not constantly being taxed.
6. Thinking Time
Many times we are so rushed in life that we don’t take proper time to let our brains process things properly which causes stress. Walking by yourself and enjoying what is around you gives your brain the opportunity to solve problems and deal with emotions.
7. Boosts Vitamin D
Walking outside in the sunshine gives you the natural source of vitamin D it needs that it doesn’t get from foods. Vitamin D is good for your bone health and also builds your immunity.
8. Helps Prevent Dementia
Studies have show that older people who walk on a regular basis do not get dementia as often as people who don’t exercise. The brain does not shrink as fast with regular exercise.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and can be done by anyone at any age and with today’s technology it is easier than ever to be able to monitor your results. Your iPhone 6 is a great tool that you can use with its health apps and you don’t even have to try and carry it while walking because you can easily place it in an armband for phones.
So make the decision and get out there walking today!