Apples are good, but walking might be even better for your health. And unlike other forms of exercise, it’s cheap and easy to get started. All you need is a pair of sneakers.
Dr. Melina B. Jampolis, author of The Doctor on Demand Diet, told Prevention magazine that daily 30-minutes walks offer “tremendous mental and physical health benefits.” Here’s what can happen if you make walking a habit:
- Lower risk for chronic disease – The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers blood sugar levels and overall risk for diabetes. Other research shows walking can lower blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, too.
- Burn calories and lose weight – Walking is one of the most effective low-impact ways to change your body composition. It increases metabolism and prevents muscle loss.
- Protect your joints – Walking can improve your range of motion and mobility by increasing blood flow to tense areas and strengthening muscles around joints.
- Improve your mood – Research shows that walking regularly can decrease anger and hostility by modifying your nervous system. If you walk with another person, your conversation can boost your mood even more.
- Creative juices will start flowing – Feeling blocked or stuck on a tricky problem? Take a walk and clear your head.
- Keep your legs looking great – Walking is a proven way to prevent varicose veins from developing.
- Sleep better at night – Most exercise helps you sleep better. Walking can ease pain and stress, leading to a more restful night.
- Live longer – Moving your body and staying active helps older adults live longer.