4 Reasons to Step It Up and Walk More - 2nd Week
By Genevieve Cunningham
For as long as people have been walking, people have been trying to find a way to stop walking. First it was camels and horses. Then it was buggies. Then it was cars. While having a way around certainly makes things easier, it’s also been a bit damaging to our health. We’ve gone from getting exercise naturally to rarely getting any exercise at all. If you are one of those who doesn’t really get enough exercise in your life, take a look at these four great reasons to step it up and walk much more often every day.
It Will Burn More Calories
It’s no secret that exercise burns calories. Walking is a form of exercise, no matter how slowly you go. By getting in just a few more steps a day, you may be burning hundreds of more calories per day. For anyone trying to stay fit, this is an excellent benefit to add to the list.
It’s Good for the Heart
Walking is a form of cardiovascular exercise. It expands your lungs, forcing them to pull in deeper breaths and more oxygen. It also encourages your heart to pump just a little faster in order to pump blood to the other parts of the body. Over time, this means healthier lungs and a healthier heart, which can make all the difference in your overall health.
It Helps Control Blood Sugar
Whether you suffer from diabetes or not, controlling your blood sugar is good for your long-term health. Walking is an excellent way to keep blood sugar levels under control. After a meal, walking for just 10 minutes can bring blood sugar levels down by significant points.
It Makes You Feel Good
Walking just makes your body feel good. And what’s more, it makes your mind feel good. It helps to build strong muscles and a strong core. It keeps your body more stable. It also produces endorphins, which then make you feel happier. If you need a little boost in perspective, walking a little more may be all the therapy you need.
While no one is suggesting that you give up your car and walk everywhere, it’s not a bad idea to walk more often. Park at the back, take the stairs, or do something that requires you to use your legs. You might actually find that you enjoy it, and you may be able to enjoy these healthy benefits to boot.