According to experts, walking is the best exercise as it has more benefits than others known exercises.
According to studies, walking can quickly reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
All doctors and health experts agree that walking is safe enough for everyone to do. It is also effective enough to stave off disease, maintain your weight and control pain from chronic disease. Above all, unlike other forms of exercise, walking costs nothing, you don’t have to pay a gym owner to walk
The above positions are same with the views of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy who said- “I firmly believe that everybody in America needs a safe place to walk or to wheelchair roll.”
According to studies, walking has the following advantages
1. Walking is linked to lower rates of obesity:
People who walk to work are less likely to be obese. So how much should you walk? A 2015 study found that even walking just 20 minutes a day can reduce your risk of premature death by 30 percent.
2. It helps prevent diabetes
Walking helps regulate blood sugar levels, which in turn keeps insulin levels low and diabetes at bay. In fact, walking for 15 minutes after every meal helped regulate blood sugar levels just as effectively as one 45-minute walk per day.
3. Walking is good for your heart
Everyone knows that in the ranking of best-for-you exercises, running is better than walking, right? Not necessarily, and especially not when it comes to cardiovascular health. Walkers who cover the same mileage as runners enjoy comparable reductions in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease. While it took twice as long for walkers to cover the distance, walking may be a more sustainable and accessible activity than running for most people, especially those who are new to exercise.
4. Walking is gentle enough for people of all body types
Whether you are pregnant, obese or suffering from arthritics, walking is gentle enough for most people who have these conditions. Doctors agree that walking can help ease the pain of chronic illness, even if you have to start off by walking just two minutes a day.
5. It lifts your mood and protects against depression and anxiety:
Moving your body is a well-known way to release endorphins, a set of feel-good chemicals that dull pain receptors in the brain, sedate you and even give you feelings of happiness and euphoria. It was for this reason that walking is recommended to help improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
A 2005 study found that walking briskly for 35 minutes five times a week, or 60 minutes three times a week, had a significant influence on mild to moderate depression symptoms.
6. Walking will help you sleep better at night:
There’s a reason that travel experts advise you to walk around a new city on the day you arrive. Exposing your body to the sunlight and staying outside until it grows dark helps recalibrate the hormone melatonin to your new surroundings and time zone. As melatonin rises, so does feelings of sleepiness.
7. Walking is affordable and accessible:
There’s no gym membership, fancy exercise clothing or even walking-specific shoes you need to start. You also don’t have to be trained to learn how to walk properly. All you need are a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes! Fancy toys like step counters, ear-buds and music players are not at all required, but can make walks less tedious.
8. Walking helps you meet your neighbors:
If you walk within your neighbourhood, you have the chance to meet and know more of the people around you. You’ will be surprised how many friendly faces you see and meet!