Reasons to get walking…………………
Walking is a gently, low impact form of exercise that is easy, free and suitable for people of all ages and abilities. So, here below is why it is so good for you.
It makes you happier and has a calming effect.
The ability of exercise to boost mood is undisputed. Studies have shown regular, moderate-intensity exercise (such as a brisk walking) is to be as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. Getting active releases feel good endorphins into the bloodstream and therefore, reduces stress or anxiety. Most people feel better after a good walk.
It gives you more energy
It may seem like a paradox (and the last thing you feel like doing) but a brisk walk is one of the best and natural energy boosts around. It increases circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in the body, therefore, helping you to feel more alert and alive. It wakes up stiff joints and eases muscle tension, so you feel less sluggish.
Health Benefits to you body
Regular walking has shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, along side heart disease, regular walking can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, asthma and some cancers. Of course, it also keeps your weight in check, if your trying to lose some weight then you need to burn off about 600 calories a day more than you are eating, (burning 600 calories is equal to about 2 hours walking depending on your weight & speed of walking) Walking also increases muscle mass and tone, and the more muscle, the faster your metabolism is – so more calories burned even at rest!
By joining a walking club or meeting friends to walk and chat is a great way to banish feeling of isolation and loneliness. A survey by the Charity Mind found 83% of people with mental health issues look to exercise to help lift their mood. For greatest benefit, get active, get outdoors and go somewhere green to enjoy the lovely countryside we have, as you will sure to feel better for it!