Have you ever heard the saying of Hippocrates: “Walking is the best medicine of man?” It would go even further by saying that walking combined with good sleep and a healthy diet can help you avoid a doctor. Even 15-30 minutes of walking a day can dramatically improve not only a person’s overall appearance but also their health.
We at the Old Natural Cures were amazed to learn that good old walks are a unique practice that can significantly benefit the whole body and mind. It’s free, easy and requires little effort.
We’ve put together a list of benefits you can literally get by walking around
Positive brain changes
As the study reveals, low aerobic exercise, such as walking, prevents early dementia, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and improves overall mental health. Not to mention reducing mental stress and maintaining higher levels of endorphins.
Although the eyes may seem like the last thing that connects to their feet, walking actually benefits their health as well. It can even help fight glaucoma by relieving eye pressure.
Prevention of heart disease
According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to preventing heart disease or stroke. This activity helps to avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.
Increase in lung volume
Walking is an aerobic exercise that increases the flow of oxygen to the bloodstream and helps train the lungs as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Better and deeper breathing may alleviate some of the symptoms associated with lung disease.
Good effects on the pancreas
It may be hard to believe, but walking for exercise becomes a much more effective tool for preventing diabetes than running. This study shows that the “walkers” group showed that the improvement in glucose tolerance was almost 6 times greater (i.e., how well the cells absorbed blood sugar) than in the “runners” group during the 6-month trial period.
30 minutes of walking a day can not only mitigate the risk of colon cancer in the future but also improve digestion and constipation, helping to detect our bowel movements.
Muscle tones and weight loss (in cases of overweight) can also be achieved by walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day can be counted as an actual workout in the gym, especially if you add some interest or hike uphill. Plus, it’s low impact and has no time to recover, which means no muscle aches and regret for lack of tomorrow’s training for being hypersensitive the next day.
Stronger bones and joints
Walking can provide greater joint mobility, prevent bone loss and even reduce the risk of fracture. The Arthritis Foundation recommends changing regularly at least 30 minutes a day to reduce joint pain, as well as stiffness and inflammation.
Walking can become a real lifesaver for those who feel low back pain during challenging high impact exercises. Being a low-activity activity, it will not cause more pain or discomfort, such as running or HIT. Walking contributes to better blood circulation within the spine structures and improves posture and flexibility, which is vital for a healthy spine.
Quiet mind (if it was an organ, be safe)
If walking improves the symptoms of depression in patients with major depressive disorders, just imagine how easily it could help us cope with feeling or exhaustion. And a joyful walk with a friend or loved one will only multiply the happy effect and enhance your mood!
We would love to hear if you have ever tried to replace your trip to the gym or running, with walking. Tell us in the comments below if it worked wonders for you or not?