Walking can offer numerous health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. It may also help prevent certain diseases and even prolong your life.Walking is free to do and easy to fit into your daily routine. All you need to start walking is a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Learn about some of the benefits of walking.
- Burn calories
Walking can help you burn calories. Burning calories can help you maintain or lose weight.
Your actual calorie burn will depend on several factors, including:
– walking speed
– distance covered
– terrain (you’ll burn more calories walking uphill than you’ll burn on a flat surface)
– your weight
- Strengthen the heart
Walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by about 19 percent Trusted Source. And your risk may reduce even more when you increase the duration or distance you walk per day.
- Can help lower your blood sugar
Taking a short walk after eating may help lower your blood sugar.A small study found that taking a 15-minute walk three times a day (after breakfast, lunch, and dinner) improved blood sugar levels more than taking a 45-minute walk at another point during the day.
More research is needed to confirm these findings, though.
Consider making a post-meal walk a regular part of your routine. It can also help you fit exercise in throughout the day.
- Eases joint pain
Walking can help protect the joints, including your knees and hips. That’s because it helps lubricate and strengthen the muscles that support the joints.Walking may also provide benefits for people living with arthritis, such as reducing pain. And walking 5 to 6 miles a week may also help prevent arthritis.
- Boosts immune function
Walking may reduce your risk for developing a cold or the flu.One study tracked 1,000 adults during flu season. Those who walked at a moderate pace for 30 to 45 minutes a day had 43 percent fewer sick days and fewer upper respiratory tract infections overall.
Their symptoms were also lessened if they did get sick. That was compared to adults in the study who were sedentary.
Try to get in a daily walk to experience these benefits. If you live in a cold climate, you can try to walk on a treadmill or around an indoor mall.
Top Walking Tracks in Logan West
– Berrinba wetlands – Berrinba
– Stoneleigh reserve park at logan reserve
– Boronia bushland reserve
– Hyde park and Grosvenor parks Regents Park area
– Spring mountain reserve
– Spring mountain recreation trail
– Covella Parklands – Greenbank