March 28, 2017

Three Benefits of Walking

Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s easy and available to everyone. As well as building muscle and helping in weight loss, here are three benefits of walking that don’t get as much attention as they deserve.

Related Article: Walking is a Stress Reducer

Walking Can Add Seven Years to Your Life

Heart experts say that 25 minutes of brisk walking each day could add seven years to our lives. A research study conducted by a team at Saarland University showed that exercise was able to delay the process of aging.

The German study tracked key markers of aging in the blood. Within six months of exercise, these markers demonstrated changes in the body which help to repair DNA. It showed that regular exercise has a positive impact and triggered the anti-aging process.

We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our 90s.

– Dr. Sanjay Sharma

Walking Contributes to Happiness

California State University, Long Beach, conducted a case study indicating that the more people walk each day, the more energetic they feel and the better their mood. A brisk walk releases feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety.

Although intuitively it would seem that walking more reduces energy, the opposite is true. More walking is associated with more energy. In addition to more energy and better mood, self-esteem and happiness increase when people walk more.

– Robert Thayer
professor of psychology

For a variety of reasons, we can feel depressed and the more depressed we are, the less we want to exercise. It is essential to realize that if we get out and walk, we will feel better. For positive mental health, walking is an must.

Walking Boosts Vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in our skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D plays an important role in bone growth and maintenance because it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. In adults, low levels of vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis (decreased bone mass), which also increases the risk of fractures. 10% of Canadians have inadequate concentrations of vitamin D in their blood. Walking is the perfect way to get a dose of vitamin D while we enjoy the outdoors.

Walking-Challenge-Logo-2016It’s never too late to start walking. Join us on April 1st for the 2017 ARTA Walking Challenge. Join the fun to get fit—and don’t forget to wear a pedometer to get an accurate count of all the steps you take!

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