Celebrate National Walking Month by Stepping Out!
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? With extended daylight hours, now is the perfect time to step outside and make walking a part of your daily routine. Walking offers numerous health benefits that can motivate you to make it a regular part of your life.
WALKING BOOSTS HEART HEALTH
Your heart is crucial for circulating oxygen and blood throughout your body and ensuring your organs function properly. Maintaining its health is essential! Walking not only strengthens your heart but also lowers the risk of heart disease and strokes. A daily 30-minute brisk walk can reduce your stroke risk by 27%. Plus, it lowers bad cholesterol levels while increasing good cholesterol levels.
WALKING PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS
For those new to exercise or aiming for gradual weight loss, walking is an excellent option. A 30-minute walk at 2mph burns about 75 calories, while increasing the pace to 4mph doubles the calorie burn. Walking 20 minutes daily can help you shed an impressive 7lbs of body fat per year.
REDUCE DEMENTIA RISK
Older individuals who walk six or more miles weekly are less likely to develop dementia. Walking helps prevent brain shrinkage, which is crucial for mental health.
WALKING INCREASES ENERGY
Feeling lethargic? A walk can help! It improves circulation and increases oxygen supply throughout your body, keeping you alert and awake.
ENJOY A FULL-BODY WORKOUT
Walking activates various muscles, including calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and abdominals. Try it out for an effective legs, bums, and tum workout.
BOOST YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS
Many people in the UK have a Vitamin D deficiency. Exposure to sunlight is the best way to increase Vitamin D levels, essential for bone health and a strong immune system.
WALKING IMPROVES MOOD
Walking can uplift your spirits just like an antidepressant. It’s beneficial for those dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress.
These are just a few reasons to incorporate more walking into your daily routine. Try walking during lunch or starting your day with a walk to experience the benefits first-hand.
If you’re hesitant to walk in your local area or just need a helping hand to get started, consider using a treadmill at your nearest Lleisure Centre or join us on our Buggy Walks which take place throughout the year https://www.lleisure.co.uk/blog/buggy-walks-to-continue-all-year/