6. Prevent Clogged Arteries
As mentioned earlier, walking is good for the heart for various reasons. In addition to reducing blood pressure, diabetes, and the risk of heart disease walking has been shown to help keep arteries unclogged. In a study performed by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that exercising before a meal may prevent the effects of high-fat foods on blood vessels. This is due to the aerobic effect of increased blood circulation.
7. Mental Health Boost
Mental conditions like depression and anxiety are being proven by studies to be greatly improved. Depression afflicts approximately 9% of American adults, and is significantly reduced by walking, which replenishes endorphins that influence the brains feeling of well-being. Physical activity like walking also helps boost self-esteem and cognitive function, says the National Institutes of Health.
8. Combats Arthritis and Improves Joint Strength
“A body in motion, stays in motion.”
This remains true for the human body as well. After completing an 8-week walking study, study participant suffering from knee arthritis increased their walking distance by 18% and showed a nearly 40% increase in joint function. Walking not only helped improve their mobility, but also provided significant pain relief with less medication.
9. Healthy Pregnancy
Walking a half hour every day during pregnancy helped prevent back pain, swelling, constipation and other pregnancy ailments and complaints.
10. Increased Brain Health
According to research from Rush University Medical Center, keeping a regular walk and exercise regimen reduces brain atrophy and mental decline. This resulted in the risk of Alzheimer’s development being reduced by 50%.
No matter your age, the benefits of walking are undeniable. It is important to begin and cultivate a regular walking regimen for everybody.