5 health benefits of going for a walk every day

There's not always time to go to the gym or play a sport. But something as simple as going for a walk can helo you reach your health and fitness goals too. 

Walking is an excellent physical activity, which does not require schedules or special equipment (only comfortable shoes).

So if you can't make a commitment to the gym, you can at least walk for half an hour every day.

Here are 5 amazing health benefits of walking.

1. HELPS REDUCE BODY FAT

You lose fat without losing muscle.

If you walk at a good speed (fast enough for you to feel like it's a workout), you start burning fat just as you would with any cardio. The key is to keep up the pace. Actual caloires burned will depend not only on your speed, but the distance covered and terrain, so we suggest switching things up a bit. Changing your route has also been proven to be excellent for your brain, as it keeps your mind active!

2. RELEASES SEROTONIN

Physical activity and sun exposure increase serotonin production

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates social behavior, emotions, mood, and some physiological functions such as eating, sleeping, and muscle contraction.

Its deficit is related to depression and eating disorders.

Physical activity and sun exposure increase serotonin production. Better mood guaranteed!

3. GET VITAMIN D

Going for a walk involves getting sun

Vitamin D is essential for maintaining bone, immune and brain health.

The main source of vitamin D is what we get through our skin, when the sun's rays reach us. Going for a walk during the day involves getting sun, so the vitamin is synthesized. 

It's also a good idea to go for a walk after lunch, as even a short one will help avoid the deraded post-lunsh slump. 

4. HELPS KEEP BLOOD SUGAR STABLE

Walking helps keep blood sugar stable

Walking helps keep blood glucose levels stable.

This is due to increased energy expenditure and sensitivity to insulin during the 24-48h following the physical activity session.

5. OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

Walking improves the heart's ability to contract

Walking reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while increasing good cholesterol and decreasing bad cholesterol. It's excellent for mental health and boosts your mood. Many poeple treat walking as a moving meditation.

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