Why is walking healthy?

We all know that walking is healthy. But why is this anyway? Below we will discuss various physical and mental benefits.

Physical benefits

Walking is an effective way to get your daily dose of exercise. Walking at least thirty minutes a day can have the following physical benefits. To walk:

  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Improves the condition of your heart and blood vessels and reduces the chance of heart problems.
  • Increase your lungs’ ability to absorb oxygen.
  • Stimulates the metabolism.
  • Improves the immune system.
  • Helps with constipation.
  • Strengthens bones and muscles and reduces the risk of bone loss.
  • Supports the cartilage.
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Stimulates muscle growth.

Mental benefits

Walking is not only good for the body, but it can also boost your mood! Your brain produces the neurotransmitter serotonin when you go for a walk. This is a happiness hormone that, as the name suggests, makes you feel happy. So walking can make you more cheerful!

Walking can also ensure a good night’s sleep. It increases the release of the soothing neurotransmitter GABA. This provides a good, deep, and restful sleep. The extra daily exercise also helps you fall asleep faster. Having trouble falling asleep? Read our articles about yoga and pilates for useful tips.  

Furthermore, walking is often advised for people who experience depressive complaints, but also for people with burnout or overstrain. Walking can have a positive impact by, among other things, the production of serotonin and vitamin D, seeing new things, and improved sleep quality. Walking can also reduce stress because you can empty your head for a while.

Walking is also good for your brain. It also ensures proper blood flow in your mind, and that can improve your memory.