It is safe to say that unless you are physically impaired, walking is probably one of the easiest things to do.
Some of us take this particular activity for granted. But we should be grateful. A study that was conducted in France suggested that walking is very important especially as we get older.
What Are The Benefits?
Many adults over the age of 65 have confirm that walking had affects their health. In fact, 15 minutes of walking daily has the ability to reduce the mortality rate by 22 percent. According to the lead scientist on the study, “Age is not an excuse to do no exercise. It is well established that regular physical activity has a better overall effect on health than any medical treatment. But less than half of older adults achieve the recommended minimum of 150 minutes moderate intensity or 75 minutes vigorous intensity exercise each week.”
Seeing that walking is something that comes naturally to us, extensive research has been done to see exactly how it benefits the body. A few people ignore the benefits on the basis that they don’t consider it to be an aerobic exercise. The term “aerobic” in this case speak to an exercise that stimulates the heart and respiratory system to deliver more oxygen to the muscles. But a simple stroll is able to do that. So in other words, the faster you walk, the more aerobic exercise you do.
Bear in mind that walking increases respiratory and cardiovascular activity. it’s quite normal for more nutrients to reach the parts of the body supporting the activity. Our bodies were meant to move and with this energy being used up. It will eventually strengthen the body.
It’s a fact that leading a life with very little physical activity can lead to various health complications. We also call it the “sedentary death syndrome”. It has been a major problem for quite some time based on its capability to give way to several diseases and millions of premature deaths annually.
Walking Is For Everyone
A study conducted in 2016 went on to show that by increasing the amount of walking for obese children to 45 minutes for 5 days a week, they were able to increase lung capacity within 6 weeks. Furthermore, doing a mixture of slow and fast walking will improve your fitness level a lot more when compared to walking at one designated pace.
Walking outdoors where you are able to enjoy the sights and smells of your surroundings can do wonders for mental health. It reduces anxiety, stress and depression. This is not to say that indoor mooving isn’t good as well. In fact, another study conducted at Stanford University indicated that just as many creative responses are displaying when going on a treadmill facing a blank wall. With all things considered, both methods beat sitting down.
The Walking Paradox
It is normal for us as humans to avoid touching something if it hurts. However, the paradox in this case, is that walking actually reduces the risk of injury and it increases mobility. Moving and other weight-bearing exercises help to strengthen muscle tissues and bones. It also improves blood circulation and nutrient supply to the body.
The American Heart Association has indicated that walking helps to lower the risk of certain diseases. The list includes diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and high cholesterol. They also recommend a total of 150 minutes of moderate exercise. It will gain several of the benefits it can offer. Bear in mind that there’s no need to do everything at once. Pace yourself each day until you can gradually increase your endurance.
Walking also promotes sleep. A study that was recently reviewed by the Sleep Foundation brought them to the conclusion that, “…a bout of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., walking) reduced the time it took to fall asleep and increased the length of sleep of people with chronic insomnia compared to a night in which they did not exercise.”