We all know walking good for us; it’s as natural as breathing. Despite this not many of us these days can say we get the suggested 10,000 steps in every day.
But the question is: why is walking good for us? After all if we don’t know why we should walk every day then why should we walk every day?
Walking improves your mood
Walking is great for your mental health, and I mean great. Dr. Jampolis says “Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,”. Walking outside when its sunny is great for getting your daily recommended amount of Vitamin D, known sometimes as the sunshine vitamin as it’s produced in your skin as a natural response to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased depression and anxiety; this can be particularly bad in the winter.
Walking boosts Creativity
According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can get your creative juices flowing. “Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters,” says Dr. Jampolis. I personally go on a walk for 15 minutes in between writing and reading to give myself time to mentally recharge, so I’m at peak performance for longer.
Walking DRAMATICALLY slashes your risk of chronic diseases
Chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, asthma and cancer are the biggest killers in developed countries, but thankfully there are things you can do to dramatically decrease the risk such as not drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes eating too much red meat and WALKING!
That’s right! Just by walking a little bit every day in between working and odd jobs can save your life!
The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado
The University of Tennessee found that walking regularly lowered blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%.
One of the most cited studies on walking, published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who walked 30 or more minutes of moderate activity on 5 or more days per week had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.
Walking improves your digestive system
According to Tara Alaichamy, DPT, a physical therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “One of the very first things an abdominal surgery patient is required to do is to walk because it utilizes core and abdominal muscles, encouraging movement in our GI system,”
Any exercise improves blood flow throughout the body, which includes your digestive system. Walk daily and you won’t have a sluggish digestive system can also help you avoid constipation, or any gas, bloating and cramps.
Walking reduces stress
By going for a walk in between working, you give yourself a break from the constant buzzing of the phone and the glaring of the screen. Taking time to unplug from technology and bug workloads is important for keeping stress levels low and your cognitive abilities like focus and clarity of mind
Managing stress, in today’s fast-paced world, is so important. Stress can lead to self-destructive behaviour like over or under eating and becoming socially withdrawn. It can also lead to feelings of Anxiety, depression and a lack of focus and motivation. By walking only 10 minutes a day outside you can reduce stress and improve the quality of your life. If you’re still not convinced stress causes heart attacks, it accelerates the ageing process and reduces your life expectancy.