Walk This Way

01-walking-for-exercise-stroll-with-friendsHere are 4 excellent reasons to walk taken from an article on Tesco Living

Walking helps you lose weight

You’ll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3mph and it’s 99 calories, while 4mph is 150 calories (equivalent to three Jaffa cakes and a jam doughnut!). Work that short walk into your daily routine and you’ll shed the pounds in no time.

I have found this to be very true. Will walking cause you to lose weight like you’re on a fad diet? Absolutely not, (you won’t find “shed 20lbs in thirty days” here) but it can help you lose a healthy amount of weight in a reasonable time frame. I’ve found that number to be up to 2lbs a week if you just make an effort to put one foot in front of the other more than you sit on your duff.

Walking makes you happy

It’s true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.

Nothing like getting one’s blood moving to boost a mood. You want to up that feel good feeling? Take your walk outside or to a place that makes you happy. Lakes, parks, streams, wooded hikes can all serve as an excellent backdrop for a mood boost!

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Walking boosts vitamin D

We all need to get outside more. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient, affecting important things like bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.

Did I mention getting outside just a moment ago? Yes, I think I did and here’s yet another reason to ditch the desk for breaks and the couch for an evening. Our bodies need sunlight, it’s free, so go soak up your share (use sunscreen when needed… that is sage advice).

Walking strengthens your heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.  nice tush butt-exercise-change-everything

Almost everyone struggling with more than 25 extra pounds is suffering from something walking can help prevent or ease. Be it high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, achy joints (yeah those suckers can get achy from lack of use too) or all of the above. Just taking the time to walk more often can improve all of that and as an added bonus, it makes for a nice looking set of legs and a tight tush if you keep it up. ^_^

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