Walking is one of the most beneficial physical activity, that can help you remain fit and optimize your health.
Regular walking is an effective low-impact exercise, that helps weight loss, boosts heart and mental health, optimizes the levels of vitamin D in the body, improves mood, and offers countless other health benefits.
According to author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative such as eating, and in her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,” she maintains:
“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human. It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise.”
Moreover, she supports the claims of some experts who claim that the combination of physical activity and inactivity may be more effective in lowering the risk of chronic diseases than physical activity alone.
“Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day. You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”
These are some of the benefits of walking just 30 minutes on a daily basis:
- Lowers the risk of certain cancers: Studies have shown that walking three hours a week lowers the risk of death due to breast or bowel cancer by 50%.
- Strengthens the immune system: Researchers have shown that walking at least half an hour daily boosts the immune system and prevents various health issues.
- Improves cardiovascular health: Walking promotes heart health and lowers the risk of heart disease by 30%.
- Improves mental health: Walking improves mood and treats the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Helps weight loss: Walking regularly lowers the effects of 32 obesity-promoting genes in the human body and helps you burn extra fat.
- Increases mobility: Research has shown that walking offers numerous benefits to people aged 70 to 89 in terms of their physical health and lowers their risk of physical disability.
- Prevents diabetes: Studies have confirmed that aerobic exercise, such as walking, improved the way the body uses insulin.
- Reduces sugar cravings and “stress eating”: walking for at least 15 minutes every day will help you curb sugar cravings and help you control the hunger in stressful situations.
Garber, a professor of movement sciences at Columbia University in New York, confirmed the amazing benefits of walking, and advises:
“Still, if you’re going to pick one thing, it should be walking.”