Walking 30 minutes a day has been proven to have a multitude of positive effects on the body and overall health. For example, walking:
- Decrease’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer by 20%.
- Boosts immune function to help fight off common cold and flu.
- Strengthens your cardiovascular function.
- Burns calories to promote healthy weight. The amount of calorie burn can vary depending on walking speed, distance, surface, and your current weight.
- May help to lower blood sugar if walks are taken after meals.
- Eases joint pain, especially in the hips and knees by promoting the increase in joint lubrication.
- Boosts overall energy by increasing flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body.
- Improves your mood by helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Strengthens the legs and core muscles, especially when walking in hilly areas.
- Can boost creative thinking, more so when walking outdoors.
These tips can help you start a walking program safely:
- Stay well hydrated
- Wear sunscreen if walking outside
- Wear proper footwear
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing
- Walk with a friend
Remember to have fun!