Benefits of Walking

by: Taylor Mogg

For most people it’s hard to get started on being fit. Being fit doesn’t just mean being in the gym for hours at a time. Unfortunately, that’s not for a lot of people. Luckily, physical activity doesn’t have to be complicated. There are so many health benefits for just walking. The temperature is finally starting to get bearable (not so much the wind), so being outside more often is now and option again. It doesn’t have to be an extremely long walk just go for a brisk walk at a good steady pace. Here’s a list of a few of the benefits of just walking:

Helps maintain a healthy weight.

Prevents/maintains various diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

Strengthens bones and muscles.

Improves mood.

Improves balance and coordination.

Improves sleep.

Can lower Alzheimer’s risk.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261

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Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies department