How walking affects the body
* 3 minutes – Blood pressure decreases
* 5 minutes outside – Mood improves
* 10 minutes – Creative thinking improves
* 15 minutes (after meals) – Blood sugar level decreases
* 30 minutes after meals – Helps to lose weight
* 40 minutes – Reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease
* 90 minutes outside – Positively reduces the number of depressive thoughts
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““One in four people in Britain experience mental health problems each year, but spending time outdoors can reduce the risk of depression by 30%.””
— Mind, The Mental Health Charity
Walking Helps keeps your weight in check
Walking is a great way to keep your weight in check and it’s such an easy way to burn off excess calories,fat and sugar, It also aids digestion.
Exercise after a meal reduces the rise in blood glucose and fat levels that promote weight gain, furring up of the arteries and glucose intolerance’.
Walking Helps lower your blood pressure
Walking can be an excellent way to maintain a healthy blood pressure. But keep in mind that short bouts of intense activity can cause a sudden spike in blood pressure, with can strain the heart.
Most people with high blood pressure can increase their physical activity safely but those concerned should speak to their Doctor first.
Walking Helps protect your heart
Your heart is a muscle and it needs physical activity to stay in good condition.
Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running,’ which are all risk factors for heart disease.
Walking Helps take care of your joints
We tend to become less active with age, which can result in stiffness and degeneration of muscle and ligaments.
Daily activities such as walking, can put each joint through its full range of motion, and are vital to keep them working effectively. Regular movement also helps to keep the muscles and ligaments that support and protect your joints supple.
Walking Helps boost your wellbeing
36 per cent of people said going for a walk made them feel happier. A quarter said that a daily walk helped them to feel less stressed and more productive at work, and 26 per cent added that thy felt more relaxed with a better concentration.
Walking increases your general wellbeing, and being in a better mood with a decrease age-related memory decline.
With walking being an activity that is so easily incorporated into your daily routine, what’s not to like?