Reasons Why Walking Is So Great For You
Posted by Nancy on July 28, 2011
With all the dozens of various sporting activities available for one to participate in, walking remains one of the most popular. There are a number of reasons why it might be a good idea for many of us to consider lacing up those walking shoes. Walking is something that almost everyone can do – even those with certain health limitations and it is something that can be into very old age. It is not hard on the joints as many sporting activities are and it is a great way to lose weight and stay in shape.
While these benefits obvious to many, there are other benefits which are just as important but less well known such as the fact that brisk walking can increase your level of good HDL cholesterol which in turn may lower your risk for heart disease. Walking is also good for the brain and has been proven to help in the maintenance of brain size (which shrinks with age) and memory retention.
Another benefit of walking that is not known by many is that it can help to control blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance. That should be an important consideration for the significant number of people who struggle with type 2 diabetes. In addition, bone fractures which become more and more prominent as one ages can be significantly reduced by walking.
There is a large segment of the population who suffer with back problems and they may be interested to know that studies have shown that people who walk on a regular basis enjoy a 9% reduction in back pain.
Walking, besides being a pleasant way to lose a few pounds is also a great help in the maintenance of good health.