Autumn is approaching, and this is my favourite season to go walking. I love the scenery during Autumn, with the assorted golden leaves and duskier nights. I am fortunate to live near several gorgeous country parks, which I enjoy walking my dog in. I prefer walking alone, and unwinding to some music. You may prefer to join a walking group, and meet new people. Glasgow Ramblers is a friendly walking group for people of all ages who enjoy walking in the countryside or the city. I went a lovely walk this evening with my dog, and this got me thinking about sharing with you some of the benefits of walking; I hope you find interesting.
- Boosts immune function. Walking can help protect you during the cold and flu season. A study taken of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And those who walked more and did get sick – was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.
- Improves mental health, and well-being. Walking improves self-perception, self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed recover.
- It can help you lose weight. Walking is a free and effective way to help you become more active, and lose weight. Walking can tone up legs, bums and tums – pay attention to your posture and you can also tone your abs and waist. I like to wear my Fitbit, and aim towards 10,000 steps a day. Try and make walking a part of your everyday routine.
- You’ll Live Longer. A study carried out by the University of Cambridge concluded that a brisk 20-minute walk each day, could be enough to reduce risk of early death by up to a third. The research found that people who moderately increased their physical activity could see significant health benefits. A 30-minute stroll helps lower blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of a heart attack and other cardiovascular events, and reduces the risk of a stroke by 27 percent.
- Can help produce vitamin D. Walking in the morning is a fantastic opportunity for your body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength, and helps prevent cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Some Pictures of my evening walk.