We all know the health benefits of walking, such as losing weight, strengthening muscles, and lowering the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, but a brisk 30-minute walk each day also provides several non-physical benefits. Take up walking and you too can enjoy:
- An improved mood
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Improved sex life
- Something fun to do
- An improved mood
As you walk, you’ll burn calories, lose weight, get more toned and as a result feel better about yourself. And when you feel better about yourself, your confidence and self-esteem also improve. Walking is a good way to relieve the stress of a hard day at work. When you walk, endorphins – the feel-good hormone – is released in your brain making you feel happier and more relaxed.
Walking improves your cardiovascular system. This in turn allows more blood flow to your muscles and tissue thus boosting your strength and endurance by providing more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. Plus because walking is a good cardio exercise, you’ll lose weight. Not having as much weight to carry around alone gives you more energy because your body doesn’t have to work a hard doing the normal daily tasks as it did when you were heavier.
Going for a daily 30-minute walk can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep. While you are asleep a lot happens inside your body. This is the time when your body repairs and builds muscle tissue and cells. It stands to reason if your give your body more time to repair itself while you are asleep, it will be in a better state when you wake up in the morning.
Improved Sex Life
If you are too tired or too out of shape, you can’t enjoy physical intimacy the way you should. Not only does this affect you, but your mate also. When you lose weight and get in shape, not only do you feel better, but look better too, giving you more confidence that you can please your mate. Studies also have shown that men who exercise have less problems with erectile dysfunction then those who don’t.
Something fun to do
And finally, walking is fun. It gets you out of the house and a chance to enjoy the outdoors – witness new sights and smells and hear the birds sing. If you walk with a friend, it is a great way to socialize and hold each other accountable. Both of you may not to walk on a certain day but because neither of you want to let the other person down, so you walk. Once finished, you are glad you did.
Walking isn’t just about fitness. There are several non-fitness and mental advantages to going for a daily walk. Strap on your walking shoes and get started today!