Walking is often overlooked in favour of more intense activities like gym sessions and exercise classes. Here at A.Vogel we think this is a bit of a shame because, as you will soon see, walking has so many health benefits to offer!
Staying active by walking regularly is undoubtedly very good for us. It can, for example:
Prevent premature aging
Reduce body weight
Reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems
Reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Read on to find out more about these benefits, as well as a few of my top tips for doing regular walking.
Walking can… prevent premature aging
New research has found that walking can prevent premature aging, though the key is to walk at a fast pace.1 This gets the muscles working and increases blood flow around the body.
The study found that people who walked slowly at the age of 45 were more at risk of premature aging, both physically and mentally.
Scans showed that the brains of people aged 45, who walked at a slow pace, appeared to be older than their biological age. Immune health, teeth, gums and cardiorespiratory fitness all fared much worse when people walked slowly.
Walking can… help to reduce body weight
Like any moderate intensity exercise, walking can help to reduce body weight when done regularly. Research shows that doing around 30 minutes of walking most days of the week can bring this benefit.2
This is great news as walking is something that can be done regardless of existing fitness levels. It is also completely free! You don't have to join a club, pay a membership fee or make any long-term commitments. Simply head out with friends, colleagues or family and start to improve your step count!
Walking can… reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure
There is evidence to suggest that walking can bring down the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure in the same way that a more intense activity like running can.4
The important thing to note, however, is that it takes a little longer to reap these benefits through walking than it does through running. So, if you spend 30 minutes running at a time, you may have to spend around 45 minutes walking to see the same improvements.
Still, this is good news for anyone who may be unable to do intense physical activity, but is able to do regular walks.
Get comfortable trainers and clothing
Don't forget a waterproof
Take some water for longer walks
Walk with friends or family
Keep up a fast pace
Gradually increase the distance you walk
Walk instead of using other travel methods like driving
Listen to music or a podcast to make the walk more exciting