THE HEALTH HUB -- 5 BENEFITS OF WALKING THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.



Let's Walk More! Here's why; 




Many of us are not exactly enthused by having to walk long distances. Whether you're walking to work, or to class, or to town to run a few errands, legging it can be quite tedious, especially when you just got a new haircut and the sun is out in all its glory! Here's the thing though, walking is actually very good for our bodies. See;










Walking helps to improve your heart health. Scientists have reported that walking is the best exercise to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases. Walking can also help lower blood pressure. Researchers from one Wakayama Medical College in Japan conducted an experiment on individuals with mild hypertension, where 83 participants walked 10,000 steps per day for 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, they showed a significant drop in blood pressure and increase in stamina. Walking for at least an hour every day will keep your blood pressure levels in check, and significantly improve your heart health.

Walking is also good for brain health. Walking helps to supply the brain with the required amounts of oxygen and glucose, which it needs to function at its best. It also decreases the levels of LDL cholesterol, which clogs arteries, and so it's reduction brings down the risk of stroke.




Walking will improve your memory! (For the students among us this is great news!) Physical exercise generally increases the size of the hippocampus, which is an organ in the brain associated with the storage of memories, especially long term. Living a sedentary (inactive) lifestyle causes shrinkage of  the hippocampus, leading to memory loss. Walking everyday will give your memory power a serious boost! 




Walking strengthens your bones and muscles. Your bones tend to become weaker with age, but you can strengthen your bones by walking regularly to prevent loss of bone density, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, fractures, and injury. Since bones determine our framework, stronger and healthier bones = good posture, stamina, and balance. Walking also strengthens and tones your muscles. Regular walking can strengthen your leg and back muscles and again improve your posture and stamina. And also, the added benefit of the sun while walking is that, it is a great opportunity for your body to produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone strength. It also prevents conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. 



Walking will boost your Immune Function.
The immune system needs to function properly at all times to prevent and fight  infections and diseases. Walking is a great way to boost your immunity. Exercise in general helps bolster the activities of the immune cells, and helps release WBCs at a faster rate to help the body to fight infections better.


All in all, walking is a very good way to exercise and improve your health. Lets not get too grumpy the next time we have to trek somewhere, knowing all the benefits we're reaping!



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