Walking is the most popular form of exercise. No question, it’s great for heart health and weight management. But walking has a number of other health benefits that will have you lacing up your sneakers and heading for the door.
Walk to Protect Against Dementia
Walking improves blood flow to the brain which can reduce your risk of dementia. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that seniors who walked at least 6 miles per week had less brain shrinkage than people who did not exercise.
Walk to Lift Your Mood
Regular brisk walks not only help improve your mood, they may also reduce symptoms of depression. Walking with a friend is a great way to stick to your workout routine.
Walk to Manage Chronic Pain
Sounds strange perhaps, but walking can actually reduce pain from arthritis. An Australian study noted that people that walked just 1.5 miles three times each week reported that they had less pain and felt better in general.
Tip – Download some upbeat tunes to your Ipod. Studies show that listening to fast music helps boost endurance and effort.