We always hear how walking is meant to improve our health, but don’t deny it; it goes in through one ear and comes out through the other. If you’re reading this article right now, it is clear that you want to improve something in your life. Could walking just be the perfect option for you? Well, we say it is. Although at a first glance it seems like 10,000 steps is a lot, when you think about it, it’s simpler than you realise. So, how do you get into it, why is walking really that important, and how does it help our health? Keep on reading to find all the answers to your questions.
With current lockdown restrictions, there is not much for us to do except for evening strolls or Netflix cuddles. Yes, Netflix might be fun, but at this point, a whole year into never ending restrictions, we must have watched and re-watched every single movie or TV series on there. So why not trying to switch off your TV and going for a walk in the fresh air, along the beach or river, in the park or in the forest. Stop taking the lift and start taking the stairs. Maybe instead of taking your car to the shop, try walking there instead and those 10,000 steps a day will feel like a walk in the park (no pun intended).
Not only it will make your day a little bit different, but walking will also do so much more to your body, health and well-being than you think. Especially now when we feel stuck more than ever.
How can walking improve your health and well-being?
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should start walking now:
- Walking decreases stress, anxiety and low mood. Physical activity increases your serotonin levels, which are your happy hormones. This means, that a 30 minute walk a day can help you feel happier and more motivated to complete your daily tasks. As well as this, walking clears your brain from all the negative thoughts. Exactly what you need after being stuck in the house doing the same thing every single day.
- Helps with weight loss. Yes, that’s right, you don’t need to re-read this again. Walking 30 minutes a day burns around 200 calories and tones up your legs too. However, remember that the number of calories we burn depends on other factors also.
- Improves heart health and circulation. Walking increases ‘good’ cholesterol and decreases ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and it also reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Furthermore, some studies have shown that walking can be more effective at reducing heart diseases compared to running. Who could’ve thought?
- It improves digestion. Taking a walk after dinner stimulates the stomach, which allows the food to move through the digestive system quicker. It can also help with the symptoms of IBS and heartburn. Moreover, taking a walk after dinner can help you sleep better at night.
- Regulates sugar levels. Studies have shown that taking a walk reduces sugar cravings and so you’re less likely to eat too much sugar throughout the day. So, if you feel like emotional eating, we suggest you put a pair of shoes and take a walk to improve your health and well-being.
Written by Beata Gerasimovaite