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3 Major Benefits of Walking

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How You Can Boost Your Mind and Body by Walking

 

Walking is undoubtedly one of the most underrated forms of exercise. Not only do the benefits of taking a stroll help you to stay healthy, lose weight, and improve your fitness, but walking is entirely free. All you need is a good pair of shoes and – ideally – a pretty park to walk around! To inspire you to lace up your sneakers and get walking, we’ve rounded up a few of the top benefits.

 

  • It’s good for your mental health

Walking is a great mood booster! Research found that a daily 30-minute stroll can reduce symptoms of depression and stress by 36 percent. Even a 15-minute walk can help you clear your mind and relax.

 

  • It helps you reconnect with nature

We’re all guilty of spending our lines immersed in our phones or online. Researchers found that people who spend 20 minutes a day at their local park are happier than those who don’t. This is likely due to a combination of movement, exposure to trees, the sky, and wildlife.

 

  • It improves your long-term health

Did you know that walking has been found to half the risk of a person developing Alzheimer’s disease? This is because a daily stroll improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain, stimulating the development of new brain cells. Brisk walking for an hour a day can also reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by up to 40 percent and diabetes by 29 percent.

 

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