For many of us, getting to a gym regularly might not be realistic. There is no reason to rely solely on the gym for exercise. There are still many ways to improve our health with an increase of activity and movement throughout the day. One easy and convenient way to do that is simply by walking.
Walking might seem ordinary, but it is an incredibly powerful exercise method with many health benefits. Adding just 30 minutes of walking to your day can significantly improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen your bones, reduce body fat and increase muscle power and endurance. Plus it helps boost your mood!
Here are the top 4 reasons to get up and walk more often:
1. Helps Regulate Blood Pressure. Walking regularly (ideally 10,000 steps/day) has been shown to significantly drop blood pressure and increase stamina. Even if you aren’t able to complete 10,000 steps/day, walking for at least 60 minutes will help keep you blood pressure levels in check.
2. Improves Circulation. Did you ever imagine something as simple as walking could increase your intelligence? Walking has been proven to increase blood flow throughout the body, including the brain, helping it function more optimally.
3. Benefits Digestion. Much like benefiting circulation, walking improves digestion by keeping the necessary blood flow and cell functions running smoothly.
4. Keeps You Happy. Several studies have shown that physical activity can help prevent depression. Walking outside while getting some fresh air will help increase your energy and uplift your mood.
During the summer, early mornings and evenings are great times to take that walk. Invite family, friends, and neighbors to join you to make it even more enjoyable.
Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit https://www.ivhp.com/forhealthandliving
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