Walking is the best exercise on earth and this viewpoint is validated by the World Health Organization. Studies have shown that walking benefits the bones, muscles, and joints. The activity has been shown to not only tone muscles, but to build up bone strength as well.
What are the benefits of walking? Many doctors and healthcare professionals advise brisk walking instead of running for health benefits. It is much easier to do, requires no gear, and has less potential to cause injury, which makes it suitable for people of all ages. Anyone can do it anywhere, anytime. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is all that is needed.
Brisk walking is a form of aerobic exercise, yet not as intense as doing an aerobics class. The duration can be as little as 20 minutes or up to an hour. To benefit the body, a 30- to 60-minute session a day at a fixed time is ideal. The key, however, is that it needs to be done daily on a regular basis in order to achieve these results:
1. To promote heart health. Walking daily can lower blood pressure and improve the circulation.
2. To improve the elasticity of blood vessels, lowering the risk of vascular rupture.
3. To eliminate abdominal fat, maintain a slim waist, and reduce the occurrence of type two diabetes.
4. To lower the chance of blood clots, reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
5. To increase muscle strength and maintain joint flexibility.
6. To remove fatigue and promote a sense of wellbeing.
7. To increase immunity, reducing the chance of catching an illness and prolonging life.
8. To promote digestion and improve appetite.
9. To improve your mood with the fresh outdoor air, reducing fatigue and improving work efficiency.
10. To relax tight muscles and strained nerves, and to help stabilize the mind.
Translated by Cecilia