“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
Nature has blessed us with different organs and parts with a definite purpose.
If Heart is meant to pump blood and maintain circulation system; Brain is meant for thinking and Locomotive organs like Legs and Hands are to carry out physical activities.
We Human Beings of modern society love and breathe laid-back lifestyle and term it as ‘comfort.’ The comfort of traveling in an automobile first leads to under utilization of Legs which affects Brain and Heart leading to cardiac and mental ailments.
We develop modern day ailments like diabetes, heart problems and psychological problems due to our lifestyles and finally doctors advise us to come out of so-called comfort zones of excessive vehicle usage and sweat a bit in sunlight and burn fat accumulated in bellies through exercise. One such Nature’s gift is walking which we mastered as a one-year-old kid and have forgotten as we grew up due to laziness.
“Walking is a man’s best medicine?” said Hippocrates and “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day,” said Henry David Thoreau
Here is a list of benefits walking provides us that have been compiled for you:
Increased lung volume
Walking is an aerobic exercise which increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps train your lungs, as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Because of better and deeper breathing some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved.
Benefits for Pancreas
It might be hard to believe but walking for exercise turns out to be a much more effective tool in preventing diabetes than running. This research shows that a group of “walkers” demonstrated improvement in glucose tolerance almost 6 times greater (i.e. how well blood sugar is absorbed by cells) than that of a group of “runners,” over a 6 month trial period.
30 minutes of walking every day could not only lower the risk of colon cancer in the future but improve our digestion and constipation by helping to regulate our bowel movements.
Muscle tone and weight loss (in overweight cases) may also be achieved through walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day may be counted as an actual workout in a gym, especially if you add some intervals or walking uphill. Additionally, it’s low impact and there’s no recovery time, which means no sore muscles and regrets for missing tomorrow’s workout due to being too sore the next day.
Change in Brain chemistry
As a study reveals, low impact aerobic exercises, like walking, prevent early dementia, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and improve overall mental health. Not to mention reducing mental stress and maintaining a higher level of endorphins.
Even though eyes might seem like the last thing to be connected with the legs, walking actually benefits their health too. It may even help to fight glaucoma by relieving eye pressure.
According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart-related disease or stroke. This activity helps avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.
Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss of bone mass, and even reduce risk of fractures. The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking moderately at least 30 minutes a day on a regular basis to reduce pain in your joints, along with stiffness and inflammation.
Back pain relief
Walking may become a real life-saver for those who experience back pain during more challenging high-impact exercises. Since it’s a low-impact activity it won’t cause more pain or discomfort, like running or HIT would. Walking contributes to better blood circulation within the spinal structures and improves posture and flexibility which is vital for a healthy spine.
If walking improves depression symptoms in patients with major depression disorders, just imagine how easily it could help us cope with feeling down or exhausted. And a joyful walk with a friend or a loved one will only multiply the happy-effect and improve your mood!
To conclude we say Walking is better than work out in the gym or running as it exerts less stress and strain on our body parts. Most importantly Walking is suitable to all age people and demands no investment on expensive sports gears. Let us walk with our loved ones in parks or playgrounds and throw out toxins accumulated in our mind and body