Walking is the simplest and most popular form of exercise. It comes with a host of physical and psychological benefits.
Multiple studies have proven that walking is the best exercise we can do to improve our overall health.
So, why should you take a walk every day?
- Walking Reduces Stress and Makes You Happier
Walking can help reduce your response to stressful events. Studies confirm that walking boosts your mood by releasing your body’s natural hormones of happiness – endorphins, which elevate and enhance your psychological state.
- You Can Lose Weight If You Walk Every Day
Harvard researchers have discovered that people who walk briskly for about an hour a day, have the effects of obesity-promoting genes halved.
- Walking Regularly Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
People who walk regularly have fewer heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure and higher levels of HDL (healthy cholesterol.)
- Walking Improves Your Sleep
Walking improves quality of sleep and helps keep you energized throughout the day. Walking may prevent lifestyle-related diseases and alleviate sleep disturbances.
- Walking Eases Joint Pain
Several studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain. It protects the joints, especially the knees and hips, by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them.
- Walking Curbs Snack Cravings
Recent findings show that walking can curtail a desire for chocolate, both during the walk and for about 10 minutes afterward. Professor Adrian Taylor of the University of Exeter stated that walking helps people lose weight by curbing cravings for sugary snacks.