Lifestyle & Fitness: Walking

Walking – the profound health benefits…

Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits and is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. And the health benefits are many. Here’s more about why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program.

Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit
  • Lowers the risk of: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

All it takes to reap these benefits is a routine of brisk walking. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. And you can forget the “no pain, no gain” talk. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging.

Studies have shown that 30 minutes a day of walking helps to activate the fat –burning enzymes which remain active for 12 hours. A morning and afternoon walk will keep these enzymes active round the clock and will cause the clearance of cholesterol deposits in the arterial system.