5 Benefits of Walking

5 Benefits of Walking
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Walking offers many health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. Walking is flexible to fit into your daily routine and it may help you prevent diseases. Walking is free, the only thing you need to begin are a pair of comfortable shoes.

1. Burn calories

Walking can help you burn calories. Burning calories can help you maintain or lose weight. Your actual calorie burn will depend on several factors, including: speed, distance, terrain, weight, etc. You can determine your actual calorie burn through a calorie calculator.

2. Strengthen the heart

Walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by about 19 percent

3. Improve your mood

Walking can help your mental health. Studies show it can help reduce anxiety, depression, and a negative mood. It can also boost self-esteem and reduce symptoms of social withdrawal.

4. Extend your life

Walking at a faster pace could extend your life. Researchers found that walking at an average pace compared to a slow pace resulted in a 20 percent reduced risk of overall death. The study looked at the association of walking at a faster pace with factors like overall causes of death, cardiovascular disease, and death from cancer.

5. Boost your energy

Going for a walk when you’re tired may be a more effective energy boost than grabbing a cup of coffee. Walking increases oxygen flow through the body. It can also increase levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Those are the hormones that help elevate energy levels.

These are just a few of the many benefits that walking offers. So get motivated, get your shoes, and start walking!

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