Is it good to walk every day

Walking every day will improve and maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes each day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat and increase muscle strength.

You can also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.

Physical activity does not have to be high intensity or done over extended periods to improve health. A study found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – significantly improved their fitness level compared to a non-exercising group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time and at your own pace. Walking is also an effective form of physical activity to fight overweight. Also, the elderly can profit from regularly walking exercises. Walking for fun and training is not limited to walking alone around local neighborhood streets. There are various clubs, arenas, and strategies you can use to make walking a pleasant and social part of your lifestyle.

Health benefits of walking

Walking is known as a weight-bearing exercise. Some of the benefits include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) condition
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • improved treatment for hypertension
  • lower cholesterol
  • less joint and muscle pain or stiffness,
  • prevent or stabilize diabetes
  • stronger bones
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • reduced body fat.

Walk for 30 minutes every day

Walk at least 30 minutes as fast as you can on most days of the week. Brisk walk means you can still talk but not sing, and you can blow a little. Walking with moderate intensity poses a little health risk, but check with your GP before starting walking if you have a medical condition.

Build physical activity into your life

Some suggestions for building hiking into your daily routine include:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk to work or home.
  • Walk (do not drive) to the local shops.
  • Go for a walk with the dog (or the neighbor’s dog).

Make walking a part of your lifestyle

Try to make it a habit to walk. Walk at the same time every day. Remember that you use the same amount of energy, no matter what time you walk, so do what is most convenient for you. You may find that asking someone to walk with you will help make it a regular activity. Others find it easier to keep an activity diary or log.

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