Why Walk? Reasons to Lace Up & Step it Up!
Why should you add more walking into your daily routine? Taking a walk a day is kind of like that proverbial apple: There’s a good chance it’ll keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight, to helping you de-stress, to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health.
So let’s go over how lacing up your shoes and stepping up your walking game can improve your mind and body.
Walking will give you a boost of energy
It's true that any physical activity that gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and your body's endorphins moving will result in enhanced energy levels. Well, walking is no exception, and you don't have to walk for hours and hours to experience the benefits.
In fact, going for just a 20-minute walk for three days every week for six weeks can result in 20% more energy levels and less feelings of fatigue.
Walk to reduce your disease risk.
There’s convincing evidence that regular exercise contributes to lowering your heart attack risk by as much as 86 percent, and your risk for stroke up to 50 percent! That's huge!
In addition, being physically active is linked to reduced risk for some cancers, including colon, breast, lung, prostate, and uterine cancer. That in itself is a good reason to throw on those walking shoes again.
Walking will make you stronger.
Exercise helps keep your muscles and joints strong. It replenishes lubrication to the cartilage of your joints, reducing stiffness and pain that is common with arthritis. And it also helps to maintain bone mass and prevent osteoporosis.
Walking produces positive brain changes
Doing low impact aerobic exercises, like walking, can prevent early dementia, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and improve overall mental health. Not to mention it reduces mental stress and helps you maintain a higher level of endorphins.
Walking helps to prevent heart diseases.
According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart-related disease or stroke.
Walking as much as 20 minutes a day helps avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.
Walking increases your lung volume.
Walking is an aerobic exercise which increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps train your lungs, as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Because walking increases your lung volume, some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved. That’s a huge plus!
Walking gives you healthier bones and joints.
Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss of bone mass, and even reduce risk of fractures. The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking moderately at least 20 to 30 minutes a day on a regular basis to reduce pain in your joints, along with stiffness and inflammation.
Walking helps to ward off diabetes.
Exercise helps lower your blood sugar and can prevent, or help you manage, type 2 diabetes. It improves the way your body uses insulin, the hormone that helps turn sugar into energy, in the short term.
According to a 2016 study of people who suffer from Type-2 diabetes, which was published in the journal Diabetologia, heading out for a 10-minute walk after eating a meal helped test subjects lower their blood sugar levels.
Walking helps with stress levels.
Being active on a regular basis will help you manage stress and ward off worrying. It promotes the production of hormones that improve brain function and mood. It may even ease the pain of a headache.
Walking can help you lose weight.
Walking just 1 hour each day can help you burn calories and, in turn, lose weight.
After your first walk you'll instantly notice your mood improve. After your first week you'll notice positive physical and mental changes with your mind and body- including weight loss and better muscle tone.
Combine walking with your diet.
While walking itself can help you lose weight, it’s much more effective when combined with a calorie-restricted diet. At Atlanta Medical Institute we offer customized weight loss programs where we can also help you set up a walking and/or workout schedule to do along with your medically supervised weight loss program for optimal results.
So, have we given you enough reasons to want to lace up your shoes and go for a walk?
Walking more, whether you’re going for a casual stroll around the park, or performing walking intervals on a treadmill at your gym or at the local track—is integral to your health, your conditioning, and, ultimately, your longevity. It helps to improve your mind and body functions.
At the Atlanta Medical Institute, in Atlanta, GA, your health and weight are completely assessed, and each client is given an individually tailored program to suit their needs.
During your consultation with us, our Atlanta weight loss specialists will help you:
Understand the impact of lifestyle choices on your health and the benefits of change.
Identify the barriers that get in your way.
Build skills and provide the tools you need to change your behavior.
Increase motivation and self-confidence needed for change.
No matter the age, fitness level, size, or health condition, our group takes a proactive approach when helping patients optimize their health.
So click here to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today! Start your first step to weight loss and better health with us!