The benefits of walking go beyond what you may realize, and today, Dr. A highlights the many positive consequences of taking a daily hike. If you’re still not sold on walking as an overall health booster, consider the following three bullets.
1. The Physical Benefit
The first (and probably the most obvious) reason to take a walk is physical. Walking strengthens your legs and your core, and it boosts your heart’s health, too! Research has shown that walking can regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels and significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Your cardio will improve, and your overall strength and fitness will follow. Walking, from a physical standpoint, is beneficial for you now and into the future, making it a perfect first step on your journey toward optimal health.
2. The Mental Benefit
The benefits of walking are not purely physical! A daily walk can also positively affect your mental health by reducing stress and improving well-being.
During your walk, you will enjoy time to relax and to reflect on your current status in life. This inward look will help calm you and help you think about what you will do next to get where you want to be. While walking, you’ll find yourself in a calm but focused state, a mindset that will then carry over into your daily life.
In addition, walking, like other forms of exercise, releases endorphins, chemicals produced by your central nervous system that have been found to improve mood and boost overall happiness. Long after you’ve finished you’re walk, you can still feel the rush of endorphins, leaving you charged and motivated to finish your day strong.