Though there are myriad workouts that one can do, there are just as many excuses! Swimming; can’t bear getting wet. Running? Painful cramps in your sides. Spin class? Such a headache. Pilates? Wallet breaking! Walking? Can you think of one reason why not? Finally we have found a workout completely devoid of downsides. According to ample scientific research, walking properly and regularly can render a host of benefits that are even more impressive than those gained from more flashy, sportier regimens.
Long, peaceful walks calm you down, pace your thoughts, and clear your head, in addition to an array of physical benefits. Let’s not forget that walking allows you to garner toned abs, shed any unflattering pounds, and glean sumptuous legs without breaking your bank with a costly gym membership. All you need to do is kick on your running shoes, blast on some great tunes, and get set walk! Here’s what walking can do for your body:
1. Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Problems
According to the scientific evidence provided by the Harvard Medical School, walking 20 minutes day can alleviate the risks of cardiovascular ailments by 30%. It even goes as far as to say that regular walks could save Americans billions of dollars a year incurred in health care costs. Walking is one of the greatest low-impact cardio exercises, enhancing the level of HDL (good) cholesterol, and curbing the production of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
According to the Stroke Association, a brisk 30 minute walk everyday can control and prevent extremely high blood pressures that lead to stroke, by almost 27%. However, if your knees do not allow you to walk fast, you can always level your pace to suit your body.