15 Minutes Of Walking On A Daily Basis Can Change Your Body Drastically
People are aware of the numerous benefits of regular exercise, and its amazing effects on our emotional, physical and mental health, but very often, they simply lack time to hit the gym and do the workout.
Yet, you no longer have excuses, as a recent study has shown that a 15-minute walk daily can help you reap the similar effects! Namely, this habit can add 7 years to your life and improve your health in various different ways.
According to Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London:
“We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.”
Researchers from Harvard investigated the effects of walking on cardiovascular health and discovered that:
– walking nine miles per week led to a 22 % lower death rate.
– walking for 30 minutes daily led to an 18 % reduced risk of coronary artery disease.
– walking for three hours per week led to a 35 % lower risk of cardiovascular death and heart attack and a 34 % lower risk of stroke.
Here are some of the benefits of walking on a daily basis:
1. It can lower the risk of diabetes
The findings from the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study showed that women that walked for half an hour daily experienced a 30% lower risk of diabetes. Walking was also found to be able to shrink dangerous abdominal fat, which can result in diabetes.
2. It lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System discovered that men at the age of 71 – 93, who walked more than a 1/4 of a mile daily had half the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in comparison to compared to participants who walked less.
3. It reduces high blood pressure
Researchers found that moderate intensity walking lowers the risk of high blood pressure.
4. It helps digestion
Tara Aleichem, a physical therapist at Cancer Treatment Center in America, maintains that walking can improve your gastric mobility.
5. It reduces pain and enhances mobility
The American Heart Association published an article that showed that walking on a daily basis can improve mobility in people with PAD (peripheral artery disease).
6. It enhances bone health
People who exercise on a daily basis have healthier and strong teeth, and regular exercise boosts bone density, strengthens the bones and lowers the risk of osteoporosis, fractures, and shrinkage of the spine.
7. It improves cognitive performance
Studies have shown that a regular walk boosts the cognitive performance in both children and adults.
8. Leads to longevity
Numerous studies have proven that regular walking lowers the risk of mortality.
9. It improves mood
The findings of a 2016 study showed that walking at least 20 minutes daily boosts the self-confidence and attentiveness, and reduces the feelings of anger and hostility.