Walking is a totally free, easy exercise that requires little effort, and benefits not only your physical but also your mental well-being. If you’re looking for a simple yet very effective way of losing weight and improving your overall health, walking is something just for you.
People who are physically active throughout their life are much less prone to this disease than those who have a more sedentary lifestyle. And that’s because they have more volume in their hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for verbal memory and learning.
A daily half-hour walk helps avoid serious problems, like coronary heart disease to name one, by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation. Because of better-quality and deeper breathing, some symptoms associated with lung disease can show significant improvement thanks to walking.
Muscle tone and weight loss is also totally achievable through simple walking. Find your optimal pace, but don’t break out into a jog. This sort of speed walking is low impact and doesn’t require any recovery time, which means no sore muscles to keep you from getting out and walking the next day.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate walking a day to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the joints. Building strong bones will help you prevent osteoporosis and reduce bone loss. Walking contributes to better blood circulation within the spinal structures, pumping important nutrients into the soft tissues and improving posture and flexibility, both of which are vital for a healthy spine.
A group of researchers at Iowa State University worked with hundreds of college students. Walking changed their mood for the better, even though no one warned them it could do so.
If you still don’t feel motivated enough to start walking for your health, try joining a class or find a buddy who also wouldn’t mind getting all the benefits of walking. Another idea could be to hire a personal trainer.
Brain-boosting effect 0:45
Improved eyesight 1:44
Prevention of heart disease 2:47
Increased lung volume 3:14
Benefits for the pancreas 3:51
Improved digestion 4:23
Toned muscles 4:59
Sturdier bones and joints 5:45
Back pain relief 6:10
A calmer mind 7:04
Bonus: the FIT formula 8:00
-Walking prevents the early onset of dementia, reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and improves your overall mental well-being by reducing stress and releasing endorphins.
-Get on the road to improve vision and protect your eyes now from potential problems, such as glaucoma, in the future.
-Walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.
-Walking is an aerobic exercise, which means that it increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps eliminate toxins and waste, which is great for your lungs.
-Walking for exercise is a surprisingly more effective way to prevent diabetes than running is.
-Just half an hour of walking every day not only lowers the risk of developing colon cancer but also improves digestion and regulates bowel movements.
-Just 10,000 steps a day can be just as effective as a full-blown workout at the gym, especially if you add some intervals or uphill walking.
-Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent the loss of bone density, and even reduce the risk of fractures.
-Walking is a real life-saver for those who experience back pain during more challenging high-impact exercises.
-Walking improves depression symptoms in patients with MDD, just imagine how easily it could help us cope with just feeling down or exhausted.
-Keep in mind the FIT formula. It stands for Frequency (how often), Intensity (how fast), and Time (for how long).
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@BRIGHT SIDE! I would walk for 30 minutes daily, 6 times a week. But now, I plan on doing it for 7 days, for 30 minutes. I've been slacking off recently. Better get back to it. Great video, BRIGHT SIDE! LIKED THIS VIDEO!
I walk about 15 miles a week. Not on flat surfaces either. I climb big hills and valleys. If it was all flat I could probably do a ton more. I’m 45 years old...I think I do pretty well considering I have had 2 back surgeries, RA in every joint, high BP. I actually have issues with my eyes cause of RA, Iritis. I’ve lost about 30% of my sight in my right eye cause of RA.
But, I’m not overweight. 5’10 195 lbs. I drink tons of water and juices everyday. I drink more than I eat.
It does help my back also, a lot. I just can’t do sit ups cause of the surgeries. That sucks but I don’t have a big belly thank god.
When I get to a big hill I don’t look up at it. I put my head down and just power through it.
As a regular walker I can attest many of the.benefits listed. Its also exciting to learn of more. Am a daily 2-3hr late evening walker... So sweet, inspiring and refreshing for the best of night sleep!
i think i will sub some house work for an hour our side each day...beach walks are good too lol not a bad idea ofc i live in the carribeans so the weather is in favor...ty for the video something to truly consider and its free wow can't beat that cause i could never truly commit to a gym.....zzzzzzz
I can tell you from personal experience and having dogs most of my life (meaning frequent long walks) that this is indeed mostly true. I never had any weight problems (tho' that's not just from walking a lot), I did retain a fair amount of muscle tone even when I stopped exercising for 6 months. I'm a smoker, yet my lungs are in much better condition than a lazy non-smoker living in a big city. Thankfully, I hardly ever get ill for longer than a day. And even-though I sit down for longer periods of time almost every day I only rarely get any back pain.
The thing about height is probably BS tho'.
I used to be able to walk a lot, but sadly I now have 2 herniated discs, sciatica down my left leg, arthritis, and other problems. Unfortunately I can't even go to the grocery store without having problems, by the time I get home my back, legs and hips are killing me. So # 2 NO it doesn't help ME!
I agree with this video! I suffer from lower back pain and the only thing that really helps is a solid, brisk walk. I have to walk every other day at least to keep it at bay. But I don't mind because I love any excuse to get outside and moving. Back pain, boo! Walking, yay!
Recently started walking 30 minutes a day. I didn't know all the benefits of walking, but I did notice my posture seems to have improved since I started walking. In addition, I burn off some of that coffee I drink in the morning! Ha ha
I go to the gym for the elliptical. How does it compare to just walking? I tend to maintain a heart rate of 170 (it fluctuates) and couldn't hold a conversation because of breathing. The video said you should be able to walk and hold a conversation. What is the benefit of that? I'm trying to increase my depth of breathing and endurance, as well as lose weight. So the take away from the video seems to be that normal paced walking is optimal, but isn't it healthier to eventually pick up the pace? I'm trying to do what's best for my body.... I'm 51. Thoughts on the elliptical vs. walking?
The best way to guarantee to walk every day is to get a dog. It won't matter if it's thunderstorm or blizzard, or 3pm or 3 am. You just gotta go :) Coldest in winter here was - 40F, couldn't get her home before walking for at least an hour outside. My Husky gets me out 4-6 times a day, up to 3.5 hrs of walking a day. Plus, walking a Husky is an additional exercise for the upper body due to the leash- in our neighbourhood, there's several deer families, dozen rabbits to chase, huge group of ducks to chase into the river and of course cats. Never a dull moment walking a Husky :)
Thank you for posting this, I jogged when I was younger but eventually was forced to quit and start walking by a Dr. who also told me walking was just as beneficial to my heart. I don't get the coveted runners high of course, but I found these benefits interesting, and wonder how much lower my health and wellness levels would be if I didn't walk as much as I do. BTW, for those who may not know, I recently found out about a program called Silver Sneakers that is available to us seniors under some insurance plans. What this means is I now have a lifetime free Gym membership at, so far, 2 local and one world wide Gym. I never dreamed a Gym would be so inspiring.... and addictive. Hopefully someone who reads this will discover their insurance covers Silver Sneakers to.
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