Benefits of Walking

Workout of the Day (#WOTD)

The September challenge is underway and 4 workouts a week is the goal.

Strategically, the challenge is helping you establish a positive new habit of moving your body at least 4 times a week. That doesn’t mean killing yourself on the track or in the gym it can mean taking a good walk as well.

Here are 8 benefits to walking.

Adds years to your life. Researchers have discovered a 51% lower mortality rate for people who walk more than 8000 steps a day. In fact, taking 12,000 a day lowers the risk to 65%.

Bolsters the brain. Researchers have found that regular walking increases the size of the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory.

Trims inches off the body. A study of 27 obese women from the University of Virginia found that the walkers reduced their abdominal fat, not just the outer fat but the dangerous fat surrounding their organs which puts you at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Vision becomes better. Walking helps reduce the risk of age-related cataracts and may reduce glaucoma.

Better Sleep. People who walk are 50% less likely to have problems falling asleep. If walk in the morning and are exposed to sun light it can help reset your natural circadian rhythm. Helping you sleep more sound.

Ward off depression. Walking just 15 minutes a day can reduce your chances of becoming depressed by 26%.

Add a walk in after dinner or walk if you get bored. Add in a 15-1 hour walk whenever you will thank yourself.



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