10 benefits of walking for weight loss

Walking is a simple type of exercise routine that can be done by people of all age groups. It also provides many more benefits than just a physical activity.

  • Strengthens heart: it is a simple workout that results in an increased heart rate and therefore better circulation. It is shown to reduce the chances of heart attacks and stroke. It also lowers the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases the good cholesterol in the body i.e. HDL.
  • Lowers the risk of some other diseases: it is also shown to reduce the risks of getting asthma, type 2 diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancers.
  • Helps in weight loss: a brisk walk is good for health, but a faster walk results in weight loss. Walking at a speed of 4 miles per hour for 30 minutes can burn up to 150 calories! Walking also helps in toning of muscles, and a fast walk with moving hands results in a full body workout.
  • It prevents dementia: dementia is a prevalent disease of the old age characterised by shrinkage of the brain size and memory loss. A regular workout has a protective effect on the brain and can reduce the chances of developing dementia by about 40%.
  • Osteoporosis: it also prevents osteoporosis, which is a common disease, especially among women. Osteoporosis is characterised by reduced bone density. Walking stimulates and strengthens the bone cells, thereby increasing the bone density.
  • Tones your legs: walking helps toning the leg muscles including the calves, quads and gluteal muscles.
  • Tones arms as well: fast walking is always accompanied by hand movements, which help in simultaneous toning of the hand muscles.
  • Boosts the vitamin D levels: walking in less sunlight can help you to protect yourself from tan and sunburns, while providing enough sunlight for vitamin D production simultaneously. Vitamin D is a vitamin that cannot be taken from diet. It is produced by the body cells from a hydrolysed product of cholesterol (7-dehydrocholesterol) on exposure to sunlight.
  • Provides energy: a brisk workout in a day helps to increase the heart rate and circulation of blood to body cells which helps in preventing sluggish and lazy feeling. The circulation of brain is also increased, making it function better.
  • Makes you happier: while exercising, the body releases some feel-good hormones, called endorphins. Endorphins are known to act on brain by reducing the perception of pain. It also triggers a good and positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine.

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