8 Ways Walking May Affect your Health and Wellness

Walking is an excellent habit to pick up well because- it’s easy! You feel free doing it, and there’s nothing really not to like about it. It’s easy on your joints, and there’s no question… IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! 

There are many reasons to start walking. It lowers the risk of blood clots, it’s great aerobic exercise, and you don’t have to worry about overcomplicating a workout routine. 

Here are 8 benefits of walking that can help you reach your health and wellness goals. 

Improve heart health 

By walking, you can ward off heart disease, bring up your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and strengthen your heart health overall. If you’re not physically active, starting with a 10-minute brisk walk is perfect. You can gradually build as you get stronger. 

Strengthens your bones with walking

Bone is living tissue that you can build over time with regular exercise. Walking can essentially reduce hip fracture risk in men and women.

By adding walking to your daily routine, you can stop the loss of bone mass, especially those suffering from things like osteoporosis. Older adults with osteoporosis are most vulnerable to bone breaks and fractures in their hip, wrist and spine.

Live a longer life 

Research shows that people who exercise regularly are more likely to live longer than those who don’t. Taking more steps each day can help you live longer because you’re improving your overall health and wellness all around.

Create happiness in your life 

You will release natural endorphins, or “happy” hormones, in your body by walking. That’s how beneficial exercise can be for your emotional health. Studies show that the more steps you take during the day, the better your mood. 

Walking can also make you happier by cortisol and adrenaline output, which provides your body with rest-bite from these hormones. 

By being active, and living a healthier lifestyle, gives you a chance to be happier in life, and take time to think and reflect. 

Walking may help you lose weight 

A quick 30-minute walk can burn up to 200 calories. Over time you could potentially see you dropping weight if you stick to a routine. Depending on your diet as well. 

Strengthen your muscles

Walking tones your legs and abdominal muscles. Increasing your range of motion will shift pressure and weight from your joints to your muscles.  

Improve Sleep Habits 

Studies have shown that women ages 50-75, who took one-hour walks in the morning, were more likely to relieve insomnia than those who didn’t take that walk. 

There are many reasons why that could be. You expose yourself to natural light by walking outside in the mornings, promoting a healthier sleep cycle. Exercise is also associated with stress-reducing methods and physical well-being, which are more reasons why you could be sleeping better after a walk. 

Support Healthy Joints

Joint cartilage gets nutrition from the joint fluid that circulates when you move. By moving when walking, you’re bringing oxygen and nutrients to that area of cartilage. Specifically, low-impact exercise increases blood flow to cartilage, which in turn-protects bones in your joints. Any movement helps lubricate your joints, decreasing pain and stiffness in those areas. 

The health and wellness benefits of walking are so in tune with our day-to-day lives. Walking can fulfil your exercise needs, and is for people of all ages, whether your fitness level is expert or beginner. By adding this balance to your life, you can succeed at being a healthier and happier you. 

So just like world renowned Thich Nhat Hanh says, the first thing to do is lift your foot. Breath in. Put your foot down in front of you, breath out. Feel your feet solid on the EARTH. You have now arrived.

Enjoy your walking and be well.