Surprising Benefits of Walking

These days there are several types of exercise programs and it can be so hard to decide which one is right for you. While joining a Pilates, yoga, or spin class can be beneficial for flexibility, endurance, and strength, did you ever think of asking a friend to join you for a walk for exercise?

Here are some surprising benefits from walking just 30-60 minutes a day:

  1. Improves your circulation - decreases the chances of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens the heart
  2. Stops bone loss especially in individuals with osteoporosis
  3. Improves your mood by releasing natural endorphins to the body
  4. Can lead to weight loss when you keep a brisk pace
  5. Keeps you active longer
  6. Supports your joints by allowing for increased flow of the synovial joint fluid

Need some additional ideas for how to get those steps in!?

  • Park further away from the entrance of a store
  • Take your dog on an extra walk each day
  • Take a walk while talking to a friend or family member on the phone
  • Walk on the treadmill while watching your favorite TV show
  • March in place when cooking or brushing your teeth