Benefits of walking

Posted on May 13, 2021
Benefits of walking

The benefits of walking are well worth acknowledging.

10 Reasons why you should make walking a part of your daily routine today!

  1. Strengthen your bones:
    Walking is a low-impact, weight-bearing exercise that distributes force through your bone structure. As such this helps to strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
  2. Supports your joints:
    Your joints are lined with cartilage which typically lacks blood flow. By walking your circulation to your joints improves. With increase blood flow there comes increased nutrition and oxygen properties which heals.
  3. Enhances your circulation:
    Walking increases your heart rate strengthens your heart and lowers your blood pressure. These great benefits reduce the risk for heart disease.
  4. Improves your balance and coordination:
    Tackling different terrains on a regular basis increases the awareness around your lower limbs muscles and joints. It also helps to maintain/improve your step length and height which minimises feet shuffling and consequently falls.
  5. Tones your muscles and bone structure:
    Regular joint movements encourage muscle activation underload which in term will strengthen and condition your muscle and bones.
  6. Boosts your memory:
    Walking on a regular basis helps to improve the part of your brain involved in memory and learning. Studies demonstrate that people who undertake a regular walking regime showed a reduced risk for age-related memory decline.
  7. Improves your sleep:
    Walking during the day boosts the effect of hormones such as melatonin which influences your sleep. Regular walkers have demonstrated an overall decrease in insomnia.
  8. Improved your mood:
    An emotional benefit of walking is the increase of endorphins in your body which enhances your mood. Studies have found that those who have increased steps throughout the day have better moods.
  9. Weight loss:
    Regular walking burns calories and targets fat burn stores.
  10. Enriches your vitamin D store:
    Walking in daylight increases your natural exposure to vitamin D which comes from the sun. Vitamin D is a nutrient that plays a big role in health and immunity.

Talk to one of our Physiotherapists or Podiatrists at Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry Yokine if you are unsure whether walking should become a part of your regular routine.