10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Walk from 10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Walk
10 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Walk
Just put one foot in front of the other, bend your arms and start moving.
Regular walking has incredible benefits on your health and wellbeing – and the good news… we obtain these benefits every day. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, and improve your balance and coordination.
There are a number of ways to add more walking into your day. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, pace around while talking on the telephone, leave the office and go for a brisk walk during your lunch break, or get off of your bus/train stop a station earlier and walk the rest of the way.
1. You Burn Fat
Excess body fat is very dangerous to your health. Walking can actually help you burn more fat, it boosts your metabolism and heart rate. According to research, “if you walk to lose belly fat, you need to walk at a steady speed fast enough so your heart beats faster and causing you to breathe harder and deeper. The only way to lose body fat, especially belly fat, is by burning more calories than you consume.”
3. Stronger Legs
Walking builds strength and endurance. This leads to stronger legs, especially stronger calves and hamstrings. For the ultimate leg workout, try walking hills, climbing stairs and walking on more challenging terrain.
4. Helps Digestion
Taking a walk after dinner helps with digestion. It stimulates your digestive track making it easy for your food to be digested. According to LifeHacker, “two different studies have shown that a post-meal walk can aid in digestion. One study in 2008 showed that walking sped the rate at which food moved through the stomach. Other studies have shown that walking also decreases blood sugar after meals, which decreases cardiovascular risk and potential signal diabetes.”
5. Your Body Releases Tension
7. Mental Clarity
8. Better Night's Sleep
Trouble sleeping? Taking a walk before bed will help keep you up less often at night. According to various studies, exercise boosts the effect of the natural sleep hormone melatonin.
9. Strengthen Your Heart
Walking is one of the easiest ways to strengthen your heart. It is a form of aerobic exercise; it increases your heart rate and blood circulation through the body, and it brings more oxygen and nutrients to the organs (WebMD).
10. Better Mood