Our friends at 99 Walks know that something magical happens when you take a walk. Your burdens get lighter, mind is clearer, breath becomes deeper, and your body, well, just feels better. They’re here today to share 12 of the benefits you might experience through the magic of walking. Take it away, friends!
#1 Walking Lifts Your Spirits And Reduces Stress
Exercise reduces levels of the stress-hormone cortisol and increases the trifecta of happy hormones: endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. A walk is a powerful, all-natural mood booster!
#2 Improve Bladder Control
Regular and consistent physical exercise, like walking, is a proven way to reduce urinary incontinence. Aim for 30 minutes a day to see improvement. At 99 Walks, we’re offering a free trial to help you get up and at ’em. We reward you for crushing your fitness goals with a unique bracelet that helps keep you motivated and stylish. To take advantage of this sweet deal, use code LILYBIRD at 99 Walks.
#3 Walking Helps Your Brain
Walking has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus, the section of the brain related to memory, helping people to maintain their memory and have less cognitive decline. In fact, research shows that regular walking results in a 50% reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
#4 Walking Is Good For Your Heart
People who maintain at least a moderate level of fitness are more likely to ward off coronary heart disease. Not to mention, if you have a family history or suffer from high blood pressure or obesity, this can still be a beneficial exercise to do.
#5 Help Fight Big Bad Cancer
A Harvard study showed women who walked just 1 to 3 hours per week reduced their risk of death from breast and uterine cancers by 19%. Likewise, men with prostate cancer were 57% less likely to see their disease progress if they walked at least 3 hours a week.
#6 Reduce Your Blood Pressure
Taking regular walks is a proven way to reduce high blood pressure. It improves blood flow and increases available oxygen to your working muscles, making it easier on your heart to pump blood through your body.
#7 Boost Your Immune System
Walking can help boost your immune system and improve your ability to fend off viruses and bacteria. One study found that people who walk at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, have 43 percent fewer sick days than those who don’t.
#8 Walking Helps You Lose Weight
Walking is a great way to burn calories, but it can also help offset genetic tendencies towards obesity. According to a Harvard study, one hour of walking a day can reduce these influences by half.
#9 Increase Your Energy
Ever notice that you end a walk with more energy than when you started? Research shows that people who regularly complain of fatigue can increase their energy levels by 20 percent just by engaging in regular, low intensity exercise.
#10 Catch More Zz’s
Walking outdoors, especially in the morning, can help your body get in tune with your natural daily rhythms. Just 30 minutes of walking can improve the quality of that night’s sleep.
#11 Walking Helps You Focus
The act of your feet hitting the ground stimulates blood flow, sending oxygen to your brain. This gives you the ability to focus better and improving your cognitive function.
#12 Strengthen Communication And Connection
Whether shoulder-to-shoulder or via phone, taking a walk with a loved one is very meditative. Not only that, but the increased oxygen and blood flow helps you communicate more clearly.
Heading To The Finish Line
No matter your age, location or fitness level, everyone can realize the benefits of a regular walking practice. Whether you start now or start later, it’s always a good idea to get moving.
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