Walking Provides Head to Toe Health and Fitness
If you are looking for a fitness program that can improve you body in every way, walking is it. That may sound like an unlikely claim for something as easy as just walking, but walking is all you need to get healthy from head to toe. And it is because it is so easy that it works so well. There is no heavy equipment to drag out of the corners of your basement and no gym to drive to just to work out, just slip on a pair of shoes and off you go. A fitness activity that you can do easily is what is going to give you the best results: from head to toe.
Are you under a lot of stress and need to get some thinking done? Go for a walk. Walking can stimulate the thought process by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain, as well as lifting spirits through the release of mood-boosting brain chemicals called endorphins.
Walking may not cause your breath to become labored like running or jogging, but it still pumps up your lung power. Walking can reduce your desire to smoke cigarettes, ease or reduce symptoms of lung conditions like bronchitis, and strengthen the diaphragm muscles.
Unlike the lower back pain that running can cause, walking puts no more strain on the back than standing, and far less strain than sitting. Walking can also help to relieve back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the spine.
Although walking is not a strenuous exercise, it provides a good cardiovascular workout. Walking encourages the flow of blood vessels capable of redirecting the flow of blood if a heart attack occurs, decreases unhealthy levels of artery clogging fats in the blood and reduces blood pressure.
Walking regularly aids in weight loss, so it helps your stomach look better, but it aids in digestion, so that it actually works better too. Walking can help curb appetite and can speed up the body’s metabolism so that it can burn off calories even during periods of rest.
Walking burns off almost as many calories per mile as jogging does, and can reduce the number of calories absorbed by a meal by up to 10% if done within a half hour of eating the meal.
Walking helps to build up muscle in skinny legs, slim down heavy legs, and discourage the onset of varicose veins.
Walking strengthens the muscles in the feet, so that they might hurt less often and subjects the feet to no more strain than standing.
Besides the obvious health benefits, walking helps to boost self-confidence, something that any effective health/weight-loss program needs to succeed. Walking is something that we all know how to do, won’t put undue stress on your joints, strengthens the heart and lungs, strengthens leg muscles, burns a ton of calories and requires no instruction or equipment, which means that you can begin right now. Pull on some shoes and walk your way to better health and a stronger, leaner body.