The Benefits of Walking

Walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day, five days a week, has many health benefits, such as reducing the chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and even depression.  It increases bone health, lowers the more harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and raises the more useful good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.  Studies have also shown that walking can help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

There is nothing simpler than walking, yet the benefits to the body’s health are amazing.  Brisk walking can improve your stamina, energy, weight control, life expectancy, and reduce stress.  It can also reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis, bowel cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, strokes and coronary heart disease.  It improves your memory skills, concentration, abstract reasoning – and not to mention that it can uplift your spirit!

There are many different forms of walking.   Some people are fitness walkers and use pedometers to track their steps.  Others enjoy leisurely strolls.  There are many ways to walk!  

Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe. Walking is as natural as breathing.
— John Butcher