Benefits of Walking That You Might Not Know Of
Whether you’re in Singapore or any place around the world, you’ll always see people walking. No matter how you put it, it’s a big part of our lives. But if you think about it, we’re actually walking less and less. Try to look back at your day and see just how many minutes you’ve spent walking compared to sitting down. You might already be walking less than an hour each day. That’s why we must know the many benefits of walking!
Help burn calories
When it comes to burning calories, even the simplest things count. Walking also helps you burn a lot of calories. The number of calories you burn, though, will depend on the distance you cover, the terrain, your weight, and many other factors. If you’re looking to burn more calories without much effort, take a walk to nearby destinations!
Walking improves immune functions
It’s been found that walking for about 20-40 minutes a day for even just 5 days can give a boost in the production of immune cells, specifically T-cells and B-cells. That being said, even if you do get sick, you can recover more quickly and the symptoms won’t be as bad as well.
It also promotes heart health
Studies have also found that walking for at least thirty minutes a day can lower the risks of developing certain heart diseases by 20 percent! That percentage will increase even more once you walk longer and walk more often. If you’re used to the sedentary lifestyle and want to keep your heart healthy, starting walking more often!
Helps control blood pressure
Walking has also been said help regulate blood pressure. Of course, this isn’t only a short-term effect, but a long-term benefit. For one, walking helps improve blood circulation. Because it’s easier for your heart to pump out blood, your blood pressure will also be kept in check. Walking for at least an hour each day can actually help you control your blood pressure.
It strengthens your bones
It’s already natural that our bones will get weaker as we age. But we can actually delay that by walking regularly. Because walking doesn’t really put much tension on our bones, it doesn’t cause enough damage to bone density compared to other intense activities. That being said, walking regularly helps reduces the chances of our bones getting more brittle as we get older.
It encourages creative thinking
Walking also helps encourage creative thinking and imagination. If you feel like you’re having a creative slump, it might be a good idea to take walks frequently. This is another advantage we have in Singapore. There are a lot of parks and trails where we can just walk and quietly think about things.