Health

Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day

Get to stepping!

Study after study has determined that you don’t have to break a sweat to get significant health benefits from walking. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a get-up and go attitude. 30 minutes of moderate walking is all it takes to strengthen our health and improve our well-being. Here are some of the reasons to start walking today:

1. Improves your mood

How many times have you heard someone say, “I just need to take a walk to clear my head?” Walking away from a stressful or sad situation can be very therapeutic. Just 30 minutes of walking can change your mood, reduce stress, and give you energy. You’ll be able to think clearer and make wiser decisions.

2. Gets your creative juices flowing

Many people use their daily walk as a mechanism to increase their mental abilities. This is the time when they can think about projects they are stuck on, come up with fresh ideas, or just find solutions to tricky problems they may have.

3. Your jeans will fit looser

Let’s face it, most of us are always looking for ways to combat belly fat. Well, walking is one of the best low-impact ways of trimming the fat. You may not see the number on your scale moving, but you may notice that your midsection is shrinking. Regular walking can help improve your body’s response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat.

4. Reduce your risk of chronic disease

The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers have found that walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points, may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%, and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. These are impressive numbers, and you only need 30 minutes of moderate walking, five days a week.

5. Keeps your legs looking great

Age increases our risk for unsightly varicose veins. However, walking is a proven way to prevent those unsightly lines from developing. If you already suffer from varicose veins, daily walking can ease the swelling and restlessness in your legs. If you are genetically predisposed to them, walking can delay the onset.

6. You’ll start to get more “regular”

Walking can significantly improve your digestive tract because walking utilizes core and abdominal muscles, encouraging movement in your GI system.

7. Makes other goals achievable

It’s a mindset; regular walking establishes a routine. Which becomes a habit and you are more likely to continue and take on new healthy behaviors because you feel you can be successful at them. – Tina T.