It is the most basic and simple form of exercising we all know. Most of us do not have enough appreciation for it unless there is a physical impairment.
According to a study, conducted in France, we should seriously reconsider our standing on walking and pay more attention to its benefits as we grow old.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The findings are truly astonishing. During the 12 years the study took place, the mortality rate of adults over 65 years of age had been decreased by 22 percent. A 15 minute walk per day reduced mortality by such a large amount. Of course, mortality rate decrease was even higher when the activity level was higher.
The experts doing the research have stated that age is no excuse for a lack of exercise. It has long been established that there is no medication that can replace the importance of exercise.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULDN’T COME AS A SURPRISE
Walking is something so basic and elementary that we are used to taking it for granted. But extensive studies have been made on its effects on our health and the results are astonishing. Most of us don’t consider walking as aerobic exercise and disregard it completely. But based on the definition of aerobic, it most certainly is an aerobic exercise. The pace of walking determines the rate of aerobic activity.
When exercising, nutrients make their way to the designated destination to support the exercising. When you increase the respiratory, cardiovascular and circulatory operations, energy is being used and not stored in your body. Our bodies are dynamic and they are meant to be moving.
It is doubtless that having a sedentary, lazy lifestyle can lead to a disease. Regular lack of exercise is a condition called “Sedentary Death Syndrome”. It is condition that is a very big public health issue because it is the cause of various chronic diseases and a vast number of premature death cases every year.
A WALK OF LIFE
According to a study, conducted in 2016 on obese children, increasing the amount of walking can lead to an increase in their lung capacity in as long as 6 weeks. In addition, employing interval exercises doesn’t necessarily have to be exclusive for high-impact aerobic. Increasing the walking pace and combining it with slow walks can improve your overall physical condition and increase the fitness level.
The positive effects of walking don’t just end here. There are also the effects walking has on the mental health of a person. Walking in nature, or outdoors can significantly better your mood, decrease stress levels, and disperse the feeling of depression.
We receive the very precious vitamin D from being exposed to sunshine. But, lately, there is very high level of vitamin D deficiency. So, this is another reason for us to take on walking outside. But, according to a research made on the effects of treadmill walking, the effects are pretty much similar. So, walking in front of a blank wall or in nature can bring about the same positive benefits for your health.
TAKE A WALK IN A PARK
It is a very paradoxical thing that the more you exercise, the more you decrease the risk of injuries, even though we are used to not touch what has been hurt. Any type of exercise has positive effects on our body, since it increases blood supply, strengthens bone tissue and connective tissue and also improves nutrient supply. These are among the basic reasons that walking is recommended by many experts.
The World Health Associations promote and support walking as a means to prevent hypertension, to lower the cholesterol levels, prevent strokes and prevent diabetes. It is recommended that we have at least half an hour of moderate physical activity per day in order to receive the protective benefits of exercising. Walking, as an exercise doesn’t have to be done in one go. You can achieve the same effects with divided walks during the day as if you would do if having a continuous 30 minute walk.
And still, we haven’t finished with all the benefits of walking. If you have trouble falling asleep, you should just take walk. According to a study conducted on sleeping patterns and issues, doing moderate exercising daily significantly improves the way people fall asleep and also increases the length of the sleep. This is especially good for people suffering from insomnia and other chronic sleep deprivations.
Taking into account the results of several different studies conducted on walking influence, in the time frame of about 10 years it is obvious of the effects walking has on our overall health condition. All of the studies have shown that walking can decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases by about 30%. Walking decreases mortality rates and can prevent numerous serious health issues and diseases.
It is not a question of being able or not being able to. Everyone can walk. The pace is something you decide for yourself and you only have to follow your own body’s instructions as to increasing and decreasing the level of exercise. All we need is a pair of good shoes and the will to just walk for at least 15 minutes per day. Anyone can make time for that.