Walk your way to Fitness: Benefits of Walking

Updated: May 6, 2019

Famous author Henry David Thoreau had once said, “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day”. But, can this gadget-free, eco-friendly, and simple yet taken for a granted activity called walking be really effective? What is the use of walking? Get your answers here:

  • The recommended amount of walking required to stay fit is just 30 minutes for 5 days a week. The best part is that you don’t have to struggle with scheduling for these 30 minutes exclusively. It can be done in bits as well. Walking or strolling for 10 minutes after every meal will also suffice.

  • Walking after meals also invigorates your metabolism which implies better digestion, calories burn faster thus keeping a tab on your weight gain and aiding weight loss.

  • Walking for fitness means that every step count. Climbing 3 flights of stairs means 20 kilocalories burnt. Opting for mall shopping over online shopping means 215 kilocalories burnt.

  • By reducing your blood pressure, walking lowers the threat of a stroke by 20% to 40% and the risk of heart diseases by 30%. It also reduces the chances of breast cancer by 14% to 19%.

  • Walking for fitness also means to walk away from obesity – a major risk factor of diabetes. Excessive abdominal fat can lead to your body being resistant to insulin – the hormone that regulates the sugar levels in the blood. That is why moderate physical activity like brisk walking is found to have cut down the risk of type2 diabetes by 30%. If you are already diabetic, walking is the best option to keep the chances of a heart attack and stroke at their lowest.

  • Walking is an ideal exercise for controlling the swelling and pain in your legs if you suffer from a varicose vein. If you possess spider veins or have a family history of varicose veins, then walking can serve as a preventive measure by improving the blood circulation from the legs back to the heart and lungs and strengthening the leg muscles.

  • Walking benefits are not just restricted to your physical wellbeing. It also adds to your mental health. Walking stimulates the nervous system in such a manner that it improves your mood; slows down the ageing process of your brain cells; encourages the germination of new neurons; enhances the connectivity among brain cells; etc. Thus, resulting in better memory, positive mood and boosting creativity.

  • Walking after dinner promotes better blood circulation and relieves you of the day’s stress which in turn helps to improve the quality of your sleep.

No wonder Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, said, “Walking is the best medicine”. But the best medicine for your medical expenditures is a health insurance. Get your health insurance from one of India’s finest financial experts – ManipalCigna Health Insurance company.


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