Benefits of Walking


Walking is a great way to get started to improve or maintain your overall health.

Did you know that in just 30 minutes a day, you can increase your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance?
Walking has many benefits and has been shown to reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training and can be done by just about anyone and everyone!

Physical activity does not always have to be done for long periods and at high intensity in order to improve your health? Simple Walking will do!

A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.

You carry your own body weight when you walk and so this is considered to be weight-bearing exercise.

Some of the benefits of walking for exercise include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • stronger bones and improved balance
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • reduced body fat.

Physical activity most especially Walking, built into a daily routine is one of the most effective ways to maintain good health! Be sure to lace up your shoes and make a time to pound the pavement!

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