• February 15, 2019

10 Health Benefits of walking

10 Health Benefits of walking

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Being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you can get moving. Walking is a great way to improve, or maintain, your overall health. Walking is low impact and gentle on your joints, requires very little equipment and can fit easily into your schedule.

How much time do you have? From 5 minutes to an hour of activity, here’s 10 reasons to starts walking every week:

  1. 5 minutes aids digestion
    walking after eating can help improve digestion as well as prevent bloating and constipation.
  2. 20 minutes improves Heart health
    Walking is the best type of exercise for people who spend a lot of time sitting down or at a desk, as it helps reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases.
  3. 30 minutes is great for weight loss
    Regular walking can help you lose weight, improve your digestion, and help build muscle mass.
  4. 30 minutes can regulate your blood pressure
    30 minutes walking can help reduce your blood pressure and prevent shortness of breath
  5. 30 Minutes reduces your risk of Diabetes
    Walking can help reduce blood sugar and prevent diabetes.
  6. 35 minutes works to improve your blood circulation
    Interval walking helps improves your blood circulation, which is good for your brain function and cholesterol.
  7. 40 minutes reduces stress
    Walking can help lower stress by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol.
  8. 45 minutes will strengthen muscles
    Walking can help build and tone your leg and back muscles
  9. 50 minutes can increase productivity
    50 minutes walking helps improve your reflexes, energy levels and productivity.
  10. 60 minutes will increases your creativity
    is a good way to relax your nerves and brain, which in turn is good for your creativity.

Don’t like walking alone? Did you know that One You Leeds offers walking groups every Tuesday and Wednesday? Click here to find out more.

It only takes as little as 30 minutes a day to make such a huge difference to your body, mind and health. Whatever your age, size or physical condition you will benefit from being more active – even a little change can make a difference!

 

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