Ever wonder how beneficial walking can be? As technology advances, people are finding fewer reasons to walk anywhere. Automobiles and trains replaced the need to walk to work, and things like Segways have even replaced the need to walk anywhere.
But what if you were told that walking could benefit your body? A study in 2021 showed that people who walk more than 7,000 steps daily reduce their mortality risk by more than half!
It Can Reinforce Your Skeleton
When you walk, your frame supports your body, which means that your muscles are getting exercise, and your skeleton is too! According to doctors, this reduces the chances of getting osteoporosis later in life.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that just a walk for 10 minutes each day will reinforce your spine and leg bones. This will prepare one later down the road when diagnoses like arthritis are common.
It Can Lift Your Spirits
Ever feel like you’re depressed for no reason? Seriously, try walking. In 2018, a study by Health Promotion Perspectives found that people who take a ten-minute walk find themselves in a better state of mind than before. Short walks can help people think and reflect on their lives, making them feel better about things.
Walks can also help with the feeling of lethargy. Walking will energize your body and make sure you feel more energetic than before. A study in 2017 found that even a five-minute walk can help with severe depression and anxiety.
Good As An Exercise
The last and most obvious thing that walking does for you is exercise. A study showed that overweight people benefit the most from exercise. The Journal of Nutrition showed that just walking for two and a half hours per week can help overweight people lose weight surprisingly fast.
Walking on its own as an exercise is shown to be more beneficial than restricting incoming calories in diets. Diets can often be deceiving because it’s often the loss of muscle mass that’s part of the lost weight rather than the burning of calories.