We are living in a modern society that involves plenty of sitting hours, and a as result of that we tend to suffer from various diseases. Although doctors are adamant in the necessity of a physical activity, it seems that we always put it off. There are many excuses like the gym is far away, not enough time, and so on.
There is an ancient activity that people have to perform it every day and that is the simple walking. This activity does not require any special equipment, facility or great effort, but it still offers great results.
People have become aware of the importance of following a physical activity every day, but walking was less considered believing that there are no such great physical benefits from its practice. However, this is not true, walking betters and offers great fitness, and can help us with weight loss and better overall health.
Walking boosts the work of the body’s metabolism without wearing down the joints meanwhile burning calories. According to scientists walking is one of the best exercises to prevent weight gain offering many mental benefits like feeling younger and happier. This ancient habit has been offering longevity and good health for the people all around the world since the beginning of time.
In 1990s, both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control recommended at least half an hour “brisk walking” for all adults in most days of the week. After this recommendation many people started to walk in order to battle against diseases and to lose weight. In addition to this, the American Heart Association advised “30 minutes of walking daily” thus improving general health.
Many conducted studies during the years have confirmed the benefits of walking in terms of health like prevention of various conditions and diseases. Walking can prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances anxiety, depression, arthritis, fatigue, dementia, thyroid disorders, PMS symptoms, Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.
According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”
Health Benefits of Walking
Reduces the risk of strokes, coronary heart disease, and heart attacks
As per carried out 2013 study, released in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, brisk walking has positive effects on the heart rate, blood pressure, maximal oxygen consumption, exercise capacity, and quality of life.
Battles against diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis
Walking keeps your joints and betters circulation thus assisting the lymphatic system to do its job, meanwhile reducing the inflammation.
Regular walk will prevent the loss of bone mass as a result of aging. Plus, it fights gravity making the bones stronger and reducing the risk of fractures or osteoporosis.
Keeps your body in shape
This physical activity is the easiest and the most economic way to stay in good physical shape meanwhile improving muscular, heart and hormonal functioning.
Maintains a healthy body weight
Walking is the easiest available exercise with low risk of causing injuries without causing exhaustion contrary to intense workouts.
Betters mental health
Walking is the best and natural way for better mood, and thus fighting against depression and anxiety. Every form of exercise helps in releasing the natural “feel good” hormones in the brain like endorphins.
If you have not exercised for some time, then walking is the activity for you. It is ideal for the elderly and overweight people as well, showing low risk of injuries.
Our health is the most precious thing we have in life although we are not always aware of that. The Indian spiritual master, and author of “Yoga in Daily Life”, His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranda, stated the following:
“Health is not everything, but everything is nothing without health!”
Therefore, we should do everything we can to keep it, so that we can have a long and prosperous life. Walking is the easiest option and at the same time very effective way to keep our body and health in good shape.
Hence, start your day with walking and enjoy every moment of your life.