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How Walking Benefits Your Health


A recent research conducted at the New Mexico Highlands University has linked walking with the amount of oxygen that is supplied to the brain. The research showed that the pressure developed by walking sends large pressure-waves increasing the blood flow to the brain. This allows for better brain function and an overall well-being. Walking, in general, has had a reputation of contributing to health, and this research confirms how beneficial an activity this is if integrated in one’s lifestyle.

Walking on a regular basis has been proven to reduce the risk of heart ailments especially those caused by increased LDL cholesterol levels. By increasing the level of HDL cholesterol, also known as the good cholesterol, walking reduces the chance of a stroke or heart failure. Researchers confirm that a 30-minute walk each day is sufficient to keeping the blood pressure to its optimal level, cutting down the risk of a stroke up to 27 per cent. The risk of developing Type II Diabetes is cut down by 60 per cent for a person who walks on a regular basis.

In addition, walking boosts the immune system of the human body, allowing different effects on the brain, muscular system, legs, and hips. In addition to pumping more blood to the brain, walking has consistently been linked with preservation of memory and brain mass. Dementia, which is increasingly affecting the elderly population, can be controlled by walking at least six miles each week. Moreover, walking strengthens the pelvic muscles, calves, and the hamstrings, while also relieving pain and stress locked in the lower back.

Walking is also associated in promoting mental health. Research shows that walking boosts the release of endorphins, which regulates mood, stress and anxiety. In addition to acting as a natural anti-depressant, walking allows for more intake of oxygen, thereby offering good health at the cellular level. Vitamin D levels, the deficiency of which is linked to poor bone health and depression, can be regulated by walking in the natural morning/evening light.

Unlike a gym subscription, walking is free, gentle, and suits people of all age groups. As a form of everyday exercise, it is ideal.