Benefits of Walking
With the increasing competition, busy work life and hectic office schedules have become the demand for the day. Very few people have little time to spend on themselves. But health is important too. Walking might seem a fruitless activity and waste of time, but in reality it is the most cost effective and beneficial method of maintaining good health. Walking is a beneficial exercise and helps in relieving several mental and health problems.
1.Walking reduces obesity
Obesity is the common problem of people all over the world and is the cause of many other diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol that lead to strokes and attacks. Walking reduces the amount of fats stored in the body, thus give it a thin waistline and proper figure.
2.Changes cholesterol levels in blood.
Our blood contains two types of cholesterol, bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. Regular walking in your schedule helps in reducing the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol. Change in the levels of cholesterol reduces the constriction in arteries and improves the blood flow.
3.Improves confidence and well being.
Brisk walking improves the general health and well being of the person. Incorporation of walking in your routine helps to release chemicals known as endorphins inside the brain. These are responsible for making and keeping the person happy.
4.Improves blood circulation
Walking improves the circulation of blood in the body thus ensuring its proper supply to brain and muscles. As a result sufficient quantity of oxygen reaches the body cells. Thus oxidation reactions taking place in the cells release sufficient energy for the proper functioning of the body.
5.Enhanced lung capacity
Sufficient supply of oxygen increases the rate of oxidation reactions in the body cells. As a result the demand for oxygen in these cells increases. This increased demand persuades the lungs to pump in more oxygen thus enhancing the capacity of lungs.
6.Better immune system
Due to improved blood circulation, increased supply of oxygen and enhanced rate of oxidation the resistance of the body against diseases is improved.
7.Helps in reducing blood sugar levels
Walking increases the amount of energy required by the body to function properly. Thus more glucose in the blood is consumed for maintaining the body energy level. This helps in reducing the blood sugar levels in diabetics.
8.Walking improves bone health
Walking helps in increasing bone and muscle strength. This will help in reducing the occurrence of diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis.
So instead of paying heavy bills for doctors and medicines take out some time from your busy schedule and take thirty minutes walk. Do warm up your muscles before you begin walking. Begin slowly and then take up pace so that you don’t pull or cramp your muscles.