The days are getting longer, and the weather has been good, so it’s a perfect time to get outside and get walking. Here’s why:
During exercise the heart becomes more efficient and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to other organs. Regular walking can reduce the risk of a heart attack, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and raise (good) HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, helps manage weight, and improves your mood.
If you are new to exercise walking can be that start that you need. This can be as fast paced or as gradual as you want. For instance, you could try mapping out a route and increase this over time. Lots of people choose to track their steps this can be an incentive to go that extra mile! Choose walking over transport if possible, maybe get off the bus the stop before and walk the rest of the way. It all adds up.
It can also double up as a full body workout. Many muscles in your body are activated during walking including: calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads and abdominals. Give it a try and get those muscles moving.
People age 65 and older who regularly walk and get other forms of moderate exercise appear to significantly lower their risk of developing vascular dementia. This is because walking has been proven to prevent your brain from shrinking, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have been sat in one position for a long time it’s good to get up and walk around. This will boost your circulation and increase the oxygen supply around your body. In turn will keep you feeling alert and awake. After lunch time can be beneficial when you have that lethargic feeling. A short walk to help you concentrate on the rest of the day.
It makes you less stressed out.
Not only will working out ease stress in the short term by helping you sweat out the day’s worries, regular exercise will help you become less stressed out in the long term as well.
It releases happy chemicals into your brain.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness.
It boosts your confidence.
When you don’t feel good about your body or how you look, it’s all too easy to have low self-esteem. And that can have a negative effect on all areas of your life including your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations.