Know how walking can help!

Walking is a low-impact form of exercise, which helps in order to stay fit and improves health.  

By Irengbam Jenny | Last Updated: Nov 05, 2014, 13:25 PM IST

Irengbam Jenny 

Walking is a low-impact form of exercise, which helps in order to stay fit and improves health. It helps you to lose the excess body fat, improves your fitness and helps in avoiding diseases affecting the heart, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some form of cancers.

One doesn't need to vigorously work-out for a longer period to stay healthy. Just 30 minutes of brisk walk everyday is sufficient enough to improve your fitness.

Walking is easy, free and suitable for people of all ages. It’s also a great form of physical activity for those who are overweight and is equally stress-free for the elderly people.

Here are some health benefits of walking:

Reduces heart risk

Walking regularly is good for health, as it reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Brisk walk for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27 per cent.

Lowers disease risk

Walking habit can slash your risk of developing diseases like type 2 diabetes, asthma and cancers.

Regular exercise such as walking could reduce risk by up to 60 per cent. Those of us who are active, have around a 20 per cent lower risk of developing cancer of the colon, breast and womb than those least active.

Prevents dementia

Regular walk can prevent the risk of developing dementia in elder people. Daily walk also slows down or reduces the symptoms of degenerative brain diseases. Dementia affects the lives of men and women all over the world. So, to reduce your chances of developing dementia or one of its related disease, get walking!

Reduces stress

Brisk walking boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression.

Walking for 20-30 minutes daily helps to alleviate stress and give mind a boost. It also improves the energy levels.

Boosts immune system

Daily 30 minute walk increases killer T-cells and other markers boosts the immune function. Post-menopause, women involved taking a walk training program, normally deleterious immune effects associated with menopause were ameliorated.

Gives you energy

A brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in the body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. It also eases stiff joints and muscle tension.