Benefits of Walking

Walking outside is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. It provides a good excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the clean air and warm sunshine. It’s been said that walking is your shortcut to good health!

Walking will also:

  • Increase your energy
  • Help you relax and sleep better
  • Help you reduce your body fat and tone your muscles
  • Strengthen your heart thereby reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lower your levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Help keep your blood pressure in check
  • Reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes, asthma and some cancers
  • Increase muscle mass and tone
  • Reduce dementia risk by up to 40% when integrated into a regular routine
  • Avoid brain shrinkage in older people who walk 10 kilometres per week
  • Enhance strength and balance as it is considered a weight-bearing exercise
  • Stimulate and strengthen bones and increase density
  • Help to maintain healthy joints which helps to prevent arthritis.

In other words, walking is a simple way to improve your overall well-being.

 

For Further Information

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Last Updated: 12/07/2018