Exercising can be intimidating at times but walking is much more achievable. Below are three reasons why you should consider keeping your stride all year long! Too cold or icy outside? Come use our cardio decks at The Edge Fitness Clubs and step yourself into a healthy Spring!
- “Inactive” people, about 23 percent of participants (over 300,000 people), had sedentary jobs and no recreational activity. Researchers estimated that doing just 20 minutes of brisk walking every day, or the equivalent (which would burn about 90 to 110 calories), would elevate a person into the “moderately inactive” group and reduce their risk of early death by 16 to 30 percent. There was a greater impact for people of normal weight, but “even those with a higher BMI saw a benefit,” researchers said.
- People who took regular walks were more likely to report they had a good night’s rest compared to non-walkers, even if they slept the same amount, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Moving boosts your daytime energy levels, making it easier to fall asleep at night.
- A daily 30-minute walk can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, according to the National Institute of Health. The exercise makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin, which helps to move glucose out of your bloodstream. You also lower your blood pressure, improve blood circulation, and increase healthy HDL cholesterol.