A recently published study stated that it is necessary to walk between one thousand and ten thousand steps every day in order to maintain good health.
But…what are the real benefits of walking? Not only does it help with losing weight, promoting circulation, and freeing varicose veins, it also tones the leg muscles. Walking also decreases the risk of hypertension, prevents the onset of diabetes, and has a positive effect on cholesterol. What’s more, it relaxes and clears the mind.
Try to avoid walking hunched over or looking at the ground. Focus on how you walk each day and keep improving your technique – after all, the way you walk is the first thing people notice when they see us from afar. You can even distinguish someone simply by the way they walk.
Is it better to walk in athletic shoes? Well, the answer to that question is yes – athletic shoes with rubber soles to avoid slipping and a comfortable insole.
If you don’t have time to walk or take a stroll during the day, you can always walk to work, without hurrying, and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Try to drink a lot of water to prevent fluid retention, and use sunscreen daily if you walk in the sun. Remember that even on cloudy summer days the sun’s rays can burn, so you should still use sunscreen.
Another benefit of walking is that it makes you feel better emotionally, thus making each day more bearable and enjoyable with each step.
Likewise, the simple act of taking a brief walk strengthens our heart, significantly reducing the risk of suffering problems at a cardiovascular level. It has been proven that nurses (those who walk a lot) have 35% less cardiac complications than any other sedentary woman of the same age.
It has also been proven that walking helps the brain a great deal, as cognitive function is markedly improved by a daily walk. Generally, it helps seniors reduce the risk of complications at a cerebral level.
Although it sounds incredible, a daily walk (30 minutes daily) prevents type 2 diabetes to a large extent: in fact, it has been proven to reduce the risk 58%.
Walking also improves cardiopulmonary resistance, since it helps the lungs become stronger and healthier, more able to combat viral infections.
A daily walk can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression.
Finally, walking reduces the risk of developing colon and breast cancer because walking improves digestion, preventing the accumulation of semi-digested food and fecal material.