Leading a healthy lifestyle means taking part in exercise every day. But if you cringe at the thought, there’s a good reason not to. Walking is a simple exercise offers tons of health benefits, and it costs nothing but a little time. Even better, it can be fun, especially if you have a walking buddy. Here are some benefits for going on a daily stroll:
Improves weight loss and maintenance
Walking just one mile burns around 100 calories. If you walk a mile a day, five or six times a week, that’s 500-600 extra calories burned — an impressive number that will add up over time. Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds or are merely trying to maintain your weight, walking can easily help you do both.
Lowers the risk of blood clots
Walking help improves blood circulation. When you get up and walk, it prevents your blood from pooling in your veins. Avoid being seated for long periods of time and promote good blood flow in your body by going for a brisk walk.
According to a recent study, “Those 60 or over who walked at an average pace had a 46 percent reduction in risk of early death from heart disease, and fast-paced walkers had a 53 percent reduction.” Start small then aim to work up to 30 minutes of walking a day.
Strengthens bones and muscles
Weight-bearing exercises are always recommended for making bones and muscles stronger. Believe it or not, walking is an excellent weight-bearing exercise. According to AmericanBoneHealth.org, walking has been known to reduce the risk of hip fractures by 40-60%.
Reduces joint pain
Those with painful joints often don’t move much because they are trying to avoid pain. That lack of movement will actually increase pain over time due to reduced muscle strength. Regular exercise, especially walking, is an easy and efficient way to help ease painful joints.
Sharpens your mind
Walking not only increases blood flow to your brain, but it also helps to reduce age-related memory decline. Amazingly, it’s been found to increase the size of your hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that helps form and store memories.
Boosts your mood
When you walk on a regular basis, and especially if you find your walks to be enjoyable, it can quickly elevate your mood. Even better, that happiness will motivate you to continue your healthy walking regimen.
Ready to add more walking to your healthy lifestyle? Here are some fun ways to do it:
* Use a fitness tracker to keep a log of your daily steps
* Go for a stroll after finishing a meal
* Schedule walks with a buddy
* Walk your dog (or a friend’s dog)
* If the weather isn’t great, hop on a treadmill
Our well-equipped gym offers treadmills and a host of other top-notch cardio and strength-training amenities. We also have a walking trail and plenty of tidy sidewalks to keep you safe during your walks. Indoors or out, there are no excuses for not getting a healthy walk in at Soleil. We invite you to see for yourself! Make plans to visit us today.