Do you think you need to go to the gym to lead an active lifestyle? Not really!
Walking helps reduce body fat
Walking is an ideal exercise for burning fat, as it allows you to maintain your heart rate (HR) at 65% of your maximum heart rate (220 for men and 226 for women).
Thus, it guarantees the use of fat as the primary fuel. Moreover, unlike other cardio exercises, it maintains muscle mass.
Walking increases the release of serotonin
Serotonin is a major neurotransmitter in regulating social behavior, emotions, mood, and certain physiological functions such as sleep, food, and muscle contraction. Serotonin deficiency is associated with several mental disorders, such as depression and eating disorders.
This means improved mood and less risk of depression and cognitive impairment. Also, walking reduces the risk of depression and dementia.
Walking increases the synthesis of vitamin D
Vitamin D is needed to maintain good bone health, immunity, and the brain. Our main source of vitamin D is your skin, as it converts 7-dehydrocholesterol to vitamin D3 when in contact with sunlight.
Walking is good for blood pressure
Because walking is an aerobic exercise, it is an ideal way to keep your blood pressure (BP) within healthy limits. Dr. Alvarez et al. (2013) found a significant drop in BP in children, adolescents, and adults after 60 minutes of aerobic exercise.
The Spanish Heart Foundation considers it one of the best measures to control blood pressure. In addition, the World Health Organization recommends walking at least 150 minutes a week.
Walking helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
Walking helps maintain a normal blood sugar level. This is due to increased energy expenditure and insulin sensitivity during the next 24-48 hours after exercise.
Thus, it can reduce the risk and control type 2 diabetes.
Walking improves cardiovascular health
Moderate exercise, such as walking, improves myocardial contractility. This makes the heart work better and therefore stay in perfect condition longer.
In addition, due to the vasodilating effect, walking increases blood circulation reduces the risk of circulatory collapse, and thus reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Walking increases your ability to engage in physical activity
Walks are useful because they are free, do not require very good physical condition, and can be done anywhere and anytime. They increase your cravings for exercise. Plus, it means you can walk with anyone!
As you can see, walking can help you lead an active lifestyle and enjoy all its benefits. Now that you know what to expect? Take a walk today!
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