13 Benefits of Walking
For some, high impact workouts and strength training aren’t in the cards, but you can still get a work out by walking. Here are 13 benefits of walking.
- Low impact. Walking up to 10,000 steps a day is a key to maintaining health. Find out more at 10000steps.org.au.
- Reduces arthritis pain. It helps reduce the inflammation and stiffness in your joints.
- Improves mental attitude. Daily walking allows you to think over ideas or issues you may have in your life or just allows you to not focus on anything at all.
- Decreases hypertension, reducing risks for heart attacks and strokes.
- Manages blood pressure. A mere 10 minute walk could lower your blood pressure.
- Strengthens the bones. Osteoblasts are the cells in your bones that build new bone and they respond well to added stress. Meaning your bones will get stronger because you are adding stress.
- Get a better booty. Not only will your derriere get in shape, that reduction in size will also help reduce back pain.
- Improves your balance and coordination. Staying active keeps your leg muscles working. This can help you from falling.
- Reduces stress. Walking and any form of exercise releases endorphins and that triggers a positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.
- Makes you look younger. Stimulating blood flow to your skin gives your face more color and vibrancy, making you look and feel younger.
- Exposes you to natural Vitamin D. Australia is the land of sunshine and being exposed to it gives you a mood boost without the medication.
- Improves sleep. Exercise expels energy and that exhausts the body which often makes it easier to sleep at night.
- Reduces chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The oxygen circulating through your brain keeps it functioning and if you have a sedentary lifestyle, your brain will actually shrink! Keep your brain healthy! Get up and walk.
In the words of Nancy Sinatra, “these boots are made for walking” and now you know why you should start walking!
If you are interested in walking tracks and paths between Australia’s two most famous surf beaches, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach please click here.