Why is walking good for you?
Can you spare 20 – 30 minutes a day for your health? I know I certainly can. Instead of being a glued to the couch all evening or snoozing your alarm in the mornings, you will actually find you do have the time to spare. So here is why walking is so good for you.
Your pancreas improves
People that walk 5 to 6 times a week have better blood sugar control. So you can basically walk yourself into better blood sugar levels. I have personally found this to be true after my daily walks.
Your brain improves
Endorphins increase and stress levels become less. Walking also helps with the overall brain health and can even reduce the percentage of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Walking alone or friends can improve mood, lower stress or anxiety. It has even been known to reduce depression in people. I know my heads feels a lot clearer after a walk.
Your aches and pains improve
Walking can relieve back pain and aches by circulating the blood within the spinal area. This along with strengthening flexibility and posture can practically erase any back discomfort. Who does not want good blood flow, I know I do!
You build stronger joints and decrease your chances of injuries and possibly even bone loss.
Your muscles improve
When you loose fat in your body the muscles become leaner and more toned. To achieve these results you have to set yourself a goal of 10 000 steps a day. Also adding uphill or an interval throughout the walk can increase muscle tones to different parts of the body as well. Walking is much easier on the body so there is less soreness and no healing time which means more continuous walking! Yay!
Your digestion improves
Balancing the gut for better gut health is vital to prevent colon cancers and other problems like flatulence and constipation. Walking can help normalize the colon by keeping the colon literally moving.
Your lungs and heart improve
Besides getting rid of toxins in the body, walking improves the lungs by training them to have more oxygen flowing. This can highly impact lung function so you can prevent lung diseases.
Walking also helps in avoiding heart related issues like strokes, etc. Reduces cholesterol and can stabilize blood pressure.
Your vision improves
Weird, I know but apparently walking every day can benefit the eyes as well. Walking improves some eye pressure thus reducing glaucoma in some cases. And we all know as diabetes type 1 survivors we need to look after our eyes at all costs.
So get your butt off the couch and loo after yourself!
You only have one you!