- Walking can help in fighting weight gain
- It can improve heart health
- Walking for 30 minutes can help in reducing stress and anxiety
Walking is a recreational activity with multiple health benefits to offer. Be it a morning or evening walk, this simple physical activity seems to be quite underrated. Whether you are going experiencing stress or anxiety or just want to change your view, going for a walk every day can serve many purposed. Firstly, it can make up for your daily required physical activity, which may have drastically reduced during this lockdown. Secondly, it can help you get closer to nature and clear your mind of the multiple thoughts that cause stress and low mood.
Health benefits of walking
In this article, we are going to talk about the benefits of walking for just 30 minutes. Yes! Even 30 minutes of walking can help you unwind and offer the benefits mentioned below:
1. Fight weight gain
If you are finding trouble managing your weight in the current scenario, then half an hour of walking can help in fighting weight gain, according to WebMD. Brisk walking can help burn calories and aid weight loss.
2. Boost heart health
Cardio exercise like walking can reduce cardiac risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, stress, inflammation and mental stress.
3. Strengthen muscles and bones
Walking is a weight bearing exercise which builds muscles and maintains strong bones. It improves bone and muscle strength, coordination and balance. This in turn helps in preventing falls and fractures and improves overall health and mobility.
4. Improves mood
This is one of the most effective benefits of regular walking. Whenever you feel low, overburdened with responsibilities, stressed or anxious, give yourself some time, leave everything that you are involved and go for a nice and refreshing walk. You can walk in your own house's balcony, in the society or the part outside your house. It will help you feel less low and may even make you feel light at heart.
5. Reduces risk of diabetes
Walking help in regulating blood sugar levels and thus reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Exercising helps muscles absorb blood sugar and prevent it from building in bloodstream.
So what are you waiting for? Wear your shoes and go for a nice rejuvenating walk right now!
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