We just don’t walk as much as we used to! Even short trips once walked are now done in the car. But there’s more benefit to walking than just smaller petrol bills each month; here are the hidden benefits of walking.
The cardio effect…
Even though walking is low impact, it’s actually a great cardio workout! It puts a small amount of stress on your heart and lungs over a long period of time, which can build your cardiovascular endurance, and reduce your chances of becoming ill with heart disease or having a stroke.
Improvement in Chronic Health complaints!
Long term health complaints are now the norm, with the UK population averaging one disease for every decade of life after 50! Chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, diabetes and muscle pains can all see improvement with patients who take up walking. While walking may not cure any of these things, it certainly can help to reduce the symptoms, and sometimes reduce the need for medication.
Stronger Bones and Fit for the Future!
People who walk regularly are less likely to become osteoporotic in later life because the weight bearing nature of the exercise helps to keep their bones dense and strong. The nature of walking shifts weight from one side of the body to the other; so people who walk tend to have better balance than those who don’t. This might not seem like a big deal now, but in 25 years it might do! Older adults with good activity levels have a reduced chance of fall; so it’s all to play for!