1) Stress reduction: Walking can trigger the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals that naturally relieve pain and stimulate relaxation. The higher the level of endorphins, the greater a sense of feeling calm. For stress reduction, a comfortable stroll can be as effective as a brisk walk. Walking in a quiet area, stress levels decrease almost instantly! Enjoy the scenery, listen to the birds, and, look at the landscape.
2) Weight loss: Walking burns calories. Adding a daily walking routine to your overall health plan is a great idea when creating and maintain a weight loss goal.
3) Cardiopulmonary health: Walking improves oxygen levels to all tissues and increases lung expansion and lung function. Brisk walking improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, lowers resting heart rate, lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, strengthens the heart, and decreases the chance of heart disease.
4) Mental health: Walking improves one's overall sense of emotional well-being. It reduces anxiety, depression, and negative mood states while improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Walking alone allows you time to reflect and think quietly. Walking can provide you an opportunity to engage in a form of meditation as well.
5) Sleep: The fact is, the body needs to be fatigued to get a good, restful night's sleep. An effective walking routine can improve your sleep by helping you become a little more fatigued. Importantly noted, exercising less than 3 hours before sleep, however, might actually decrease your ability to fall asleep.
6) Energy: Walking increases a person's overall energy level, which establishes the desire to continue a daily walking routine. A person may also feel less of a need for caffeine or other energy drinks throughout the day.
Remember, walking on a consistent basis, like other exercise, can assist you in achieving many health benefits.