One of the main reasons why I need new shoes is not simply because I want to maintain my stylish edge when I am on the streets, but I also need some to replace my old sneakers I use for my daily walks. I try very hard to stay as healthy and fit as possible, and I have found over the years that walking is one of my favorite forms of exercise and it is actually the only one that keeps my interest. With other forms of exercises, I get bored and am always inclined to quit and not work out at all, which is what I absolutely do not want! Now that I have fully embraced walking and all the benefits that come with it, there’s no looking back for me.
The benefits of walking cannot be denied and although there are other sports and aerobic activities that are trending these days, the fact is that walking has always been around, is free, and is quite effective at reducing weight and elevating heart health. There are even more benefits to walking than most people realize, however, and here are just a few reasons on why you should begin, or continue, walking for health.
Walking sharpens the mind.
The majority of people assume that walking is simply for improving your aerobic levels of fitness, but studies indicate that walking decreases the likelihood of getting dementia as we age, as well as other brain disorders that older people typically face. In fact, some research has shown that walking can even reverse the aging effect over time. One study even showed that people who followed the exercise guidelines that have been set up by the AHA (American Heart Association) can dramatically reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease later in life. You can incorporate mind-enhancing games while walking that can boost your brain matter during a workout.
Walking strengthens the bones.
Walking can not only strengthen bones but can also significantly reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis later in life. Studies indicate that women that walked 4 hours a week saw a 40 reduction in hip fractures compares to women that did not walk. There are other forms of exercise that are more rigorous, but they also tend to be more likely to cause bone and joint pain, while walking is more low-impact and less likely to affect the joints negatively.
Walking boosts your mood.
I have found that when I am feeling particularly in a bad mood, taking a leisurely stroll can go a long way towards making me feel better again as it reduces my stress levels considerably. Studies have shown that walking outside in nature is even more effective at producing happy feelings and increasing serotonin levels. You may even be able to place the brain in a meditative state for even more profound mental boosts.
Walking enhances circulation.
Of course, we all know that regular aerobic activity is advised by doctors, and there is no exercise like walking to enhance the circulation of your heart, while simultaneously reducing blood pressure and the risk of stroke. It doesn’t even take that much walking to get the benefits either as research has shown that just 30 minutes a day is enough to aid heart health.
It reduces the risk of falling and tripping.
As we age, we tend to become more likely to fall and trip as our joints and sense of balance become more compromised. Weak muscles and balance loss can affect your gait and increase the likelihood that you fall and hurt yourself. Walking daily helps strengthen your muscles by emphasizing movements of feet towards shins, referred to also as dorsiflexion.
Walking bolsters memory.
Like many people out there, I am always forgetting things, and I have a bunch of theories about that, but what I do know now is that walking has been shown to aid in boosting the ability to retain information and prevent memory loss. Walking regularly appears to activate the hippocampus, which aids in verbal learning and memory. Studies have shown that women over the age of 65 that walk regularly are able to retain information quicker and faster than those who did not participate in an aerobic activity.