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8 Benefits of Taking Daily Walks

“Walking is the best medicine”

– Hippocrates

The “Father of Medicine” realized the benefits of walking way back around 400 BCE. Throughout the centuries, science and research proved Hippocrates’ theory about the health benefits of daily ambulation.

Today, doctors and other health professionals still recommend taking a frequent stroll, even if you already engage in other forms of exercise.

Taking a daily walk is perhaps the best thing you can do for your health. Here are eight ways walking improves your health.

8 Ways Walking Improves Your Health

  1. Improves circulation

    Walking stimulates blood circulation, which improves the flow of oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to your muscles and organs.

  2. Boost heart health

    Your heart is a muscle. Like all muscles, the more you exercise your heart muscle, the stronger it gets. Walking increases your pulse to give your heart a workout.

  3. Lower your risk for medical problems and diseases

    Walking can help lower your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes as much as running, according to the American Heart Association.

  4. Strengthen your bones and muscles

    Exercise strengthens bones and muscles. Walking strengthens the muscles in your legs, hips, and upper body. The National Institutes of Health says that weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, is the best type of exercise for strengthening your bones.

  5. Gives you energy

    A brisk walk activates various body systems to raise your pulse, increase perspiration, trigger the flow of “happy” hormones, and stimulate alertness.

  6. Perk up your mood

    Stimulating your circulation and hormone secretion improves your mood. Put a little kick in your step and smile on your face all day by taking a brisk walk in the morning.

  7. Improves your balance and coordination

    Walking improves your balance and coordination by building lower body strength. Improved balance and coordination can help reduce your risk of falling; stronger bones reduce your risk of broken bones in case you do fall.

  8. Nearly everyone can do it

    Walking is a free, easy, and convenient way to improve your health – you need nothing more than a comfortable pair of shoes. You can walk around the block, stroll through the mall, or get on a treadmill. Walking is appropriate for most people, even those with medical problems.

For more information on the health benefits of walking, talk with a medical professional. Make an appointment today with Virtual Imaging, Inc. at 770-730-0119.