I regularly inform my patients of the great benefits of taking a stroll. Many people are aware of the connection between walking and losing weight. The more calories you burn, the more weight will fall off. That thought pattern has changed over recent years, but you still lose calories with walking. But are there other benefits to walking? The answer is a very big YES!! (sorry for the all caps, but you get the emphasis)
Studies have shown that walking for 20 minutes a day 5 times a week will decrease your risk of most fatal diseases. That includes diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. 20 minutes a day is very doable.
Walking a total of 6 miles a week has also been shown to slow the rate of mental decline. The study showed that by walking just 6 miles a week, the human brain actually quits shrinking, or shrinks at a slower rate. This action resulted in lower risk of Alzheimers disease.
Walking also increases your “happy” brain chemicals in return relieving mild levels of anxiety and giving an overall feeling of relaxation.
Walking has been shown to lower the risk of glaucoma.
As a weight-bearing exercise, walking helps increase the density of bones, helping to fight osteoporosis and lower the risk of hip fractures.
Walking has been shown to help alleviate back pain, or just about any joint pain in the body. There are neurotransmitters in the body that help fight off pain and walking helps to increase the production of these pain fighting neurotransmitters.
Walking has also been shown to help make breathing easier, by opening up the airways.
Did I miss anything. I know this may not be the best season, but there are still the changing leaves and many good places to go walking on weekends. Go do a couple laps around the block during lunch or before dinner. Take the dog for a walk further than the end of the driveway or join a gym for the winter season.
Circle City Chiropractic
Indianapolis, IN 46250