Most people walk at some point every day, but many underestimate just how healthy this simple exercise can be. Research has shown that walking everyday has a number of health benefits for both the body and mind, from weight loss to controlling stress.
It’s the way most of us get around, and it’s also a great form of exercise. According to Prevention, in addition to burning calories through extra movement, walking also helps to increase the metabolism and prevent muscle loss. Regular walking can also aid in reducing stubborn stomach fat in particular by improving the body’s response to insulin, Prevention reported. In addition, according to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can also prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
Walking is also great for the mind and can improve mood, Prevention reported. The physical part of walking releases endorphins, a type of hormone that boosts mood, and reduces stress and anxiety. Walking outside may also expose you to extra sunlight, which in turn can help to reduce the effects of seasonal depression. What’s more, research suggests that walking can increase brain power, which not only boosts creativity in the moment, but could help prevent age-related dementia down the road.
Walking after a meal is particularly useful, as it helps to speed up digestion. However, if you opt to walk first thing in the morning, this could help you become more “regular” with digestion, as it may improve gastric motility, Prevention reported.
The infographics below explains in detail the health benefit of walking and how to achieve it:
Source: Medical Daily
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