Walking is the man’s best friend. It does not only make you healthy and active, but also makes you stronger. It makes your mind sharper and reduces the risk of developing alzheimer's. Walking also reduces mental stress by producing endorphins.
Having talked about the basic benefits of walking, let’s delve more into the effects of walking on our bodies.
A regular brisk walk will shed the extra pounds of fat on your body over a period of time. It will ultimately get you in shape, making you look slim and youthful. No expensive gym memberships, no heavy lifting weights, and no draining your energy on complicated gym equipment. All you have to do is walk, and you will soon observe your body getting not only healthier but also stronger over time.
2. Your heart becomes stronger and healthier
Brisk walking raises your heart rate by 60-70% because, while walking, the muscles of your body need more oxygen and blood supply. If you make it a habit of walking for 1 hour daily, the strength of your heart and its efficiency in pumping blood will increase over time. Consequently, the risk for cardiovascular diseases like angina, heart attack, stroke, etc. in the future reduces significantly.
3. It is one of the most efficient stress busters
We are all exposed to tremendous amounts of stress on a daily basis. Exercise, especially brisk walking, is one of the most effective ways to reduce your stress levels by releasing endorphins in the brain. These chemicals boost your mood and make you feel good. Exercise also counteracts the ill effects and the damage caused by stress hormones in the body.
4. The immune system is in for a treat
There is no doubt that regular exercise increases the vitality of all the systems of our body, including the immune system. One-hour walking per day at a brisk pace increases the number of lymphocytes in the blood. These cells are responsible for catching and killing the germs that enter into the bloodstream. The first contact of microorganisms with the body is the skin and the mucosal surfaces, like the lining of the gut, mouth etc. As we get regular in our walking schedules, the first line defence located at the skin and mucosal surfaces gets stronger, becoming much more efficient in protecting us from multiple, life-threatening diseases.
5. No fear of lifestyle diseases
The biggest causative factor behind lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes is the decreased amount of physical activity. If you keep your body moving by walking daily, the risk of acquiring these lifestyle diseases falls tremendously.