Jenny. who has a passion for trying to get people more fit from home has created a blog called,tryHomeFitness.com
She shared the following guide from it about walking with Healthy Lombard. This guide looks at all aspects of walking for fitness covering some unusual and entertaining areas of walking. We demonstrate the benefits of walking and what you need to know to get the best out of walking as an exercise. She hopes you’ll be encouraged to explore the wonderful and healthy world of walking.
What Are The Benefits Of Walking?
How smart was the classical Greek physician Hippocrates when he said 2500 years ago “Walking is man’s best medicine”.
Walking is the easiest form of exercise to maintain fitness and yet it is often maligned. Because it is uncomplicated and accessible, the benefits of walking are not always appreciated. It is runnings’ dimmer cousin and yet walking shines when providing health benefits.
According to the Office of the Surgeon General two-thirds of American adults and a 3rd of children are overweight or obese. “The sobering impact of these numbers is reflected in the nation’s concurrent epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.”
The latest research-based evidence by The Office of Disease Prevention and Heal Promotion via the 2nd edition of The Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans says that walking regularly at a brisk pace 5 days a week for just 30 minutes can have immediate as well as long term health benefits.
This is without considering what food is being consumed. Naturally, a balanced nutritional diet is recommended which adds to the health and fitness benefits. For adults, regular physical activity such as walking can…
- Help prevent 8 types of cancer – bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach, and lung
- Reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
- Help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes
- Improve mental health such as depression, stress, and anxiety
- Sleep better
- Improve bone health reducing the bone loss of osteoporosis
- Aid in physical function, coordination, and stability especially in older people
- Help in the quality of life overall – improving well-being
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Improve the participant’s sex life
I’m not sure if the last point is based on any research but I thought I would put it in there – it must be true, right?To access the entire guide, click here.