The human being is able to take his first steps from 12 or 13 months of age. However, the age to do it depends a lot on different factors su...
The human being is able to take his first steps from 12 or 13 months of age. However, the age to do it depends a lot on different factors such as the development of balance and even the weight of the baby. But anyway, from the moment a child begins to walk, the whole world opens up to him.
Throughout life we usually walk a lot; however, there are those who do it more and others who do it less frequently. The truth is that walking is one of the most underrated activities within the wide range of exercises that exists.
Walking is very beneficial for your health in ways that few believe, and here I will let you know:
1 It will help you lose weight
Walking for a matter of 45 minutes to an hour at a pace of 6 kilometers per hour (quite fast) helps to burn the deposited fat and speeds up the metabolism; burns 260 calories (although it depends a lot on the person, age, and gender) but the truth is that doing it several times a week improves your health enormously.
2 Improves the locomotor system
Walking daily stimulates and strengthens the bones because it increases density, due to which it improves blood flow to the bone tissue. But in addition to this, the muscles are strengthened, flexibility and resistance of the joints improve.
It is for this reason that specialists recommend walking for women with osteoporosis.
3 Tones flabby areas of the body
We, women, have a hard time putting on skirts, shorts, or swimsuits, due to those inevitable flaccid areas that come when we stop exercising.
The point is that walking helps to tone the glutes, legs, defines the calves, quadriceps, and hamstrings. So you will reduce cellulite. And if you breathe the right way while you walk, you will tone your abs and little by little you will reduce fat from the waist.
4 bits of help fight breast cancer.
Women who choose to walk after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45% greater chance of survival than those who do not exercise. This according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
5 Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer by 20%.
Since walking speeds up the metabolism, digestion is faster and unnecessary elements that can cause inflammation do not accumulate in the intestine.
6 You prevent possible heart attacks
Walking for at least 30 minutes a day reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 27%.
7 It's good for your brain
In the elderly, walking helps improve their cognitive functions as it improves the arrival of blood to each brain vessel. In addition, it improves concentration and reduces the possibility of future memory problems.
8 Improves circulation
Walking activates the circulatory system, as it exercises muscles in many areas of the body, almost forcing them to carry blood to all parts of the body, especially the heart. Thus, varicose veins, thrombi, and all kinds of problems that have to do with the circulatory system are prevented.
9 Lowers blood cholesterol
Walking stimulates the production of HDL in the liver. This substance in the blood collects a large amount of cholesterol. In addition, this reduces the risk of cholesterol accumulating on the walls of the arteries, this prevents people from suffering from arteriosclerosis, heart attack, angina pectoris, and thrombosis.
10 There is less risk of infections
Walking daily helps your body to stimulate the immune system, this reduces the risk of infections.
11 It reduces nerves, anxiety and also helps you make decisions
A brisk walk of about 10 minutes helps you relax and thus reduce anxiety. When you have to make a decision, walking clears your mind and helps you make a better choice and find a solution to your problems.
As if that weren't enough, walking daily reduces stress, calms you down after a hectic day, and even helps you sleep much better.
12 It acts against diabetes, prevents it, and maintains it
Walking for at least 45 minutes 3 times a week helps to improve the glucose levels contained in the blood, stabilizes your weight, and reduces the need for medication and the complications that can come from the disease.
13 You will be happier
When your body exercises, levels of endorphin, also known as the hormone of happiness, rise. This improves your mood and makes you feel happier and more optimistic.
If you tend to feel sad or depressed, walking is also a very good idea to improve your mood, as negative thoughts, anger, tension, and fatigue disappear little by little.
14 Improve your intimate life
Apparently, walking daily increases libido in women between 45 and 50 years old, but in addition to this, intimate encounters and the pleasure associated with it also increases.
15 Increases Vitamin D levels
Of course, this happens when you take advantage of sunny days to go for a walk. The body receives full vitamin D that strengthens your bones and the immune system. But remember that you must protect yourself with a good sunscreen and thus enjoy a good day in nature.
As you can see, walking for a certain amount of time, which is not long, helps your body in ways that you probably did not know. Therefore, implement it in your daily and weekly routine and prepare to enjoy better health from now on.