Why walking is so important.

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Walking can help you lose weight
Walking 1 hour each day can help you burn calories and, in turn, lose weight.

In one study, 11 moderate-weight women lost an average of 17 pounds (7.7 kg), or 10% of their initial body weight, after 6 months of brisk daily walking ( 3 ).

Many people enjoy walking as a recreation in the mainly urban modern world, and it is one of the best forms of exercise.

For some, walking is a way to enjoy nature and the outdoors; and for others, the physical, sporting, and endurance aspect is more important.

There are a variety of different kinds of walking, including bushwalking, racewalking, beach walking, hillwalking, volksmarching, Nordic walking, trekking, dog walking, and hiking.

Some people prefer to walk indoors on a treadmill, or in a gym, and fitness walkers and others may use a pedometer to count their steps.

Hiking is the usual word used in Canada, the United States, and South Africa for long vigorous walks; similar walks are called tramps in New Zealand, or hill walking, or just walking in Australia, the UK, and the Irish Republic.

Australians also bushwalk. In English-speaking parts of North America, the term walking is used for short walks, especially in towns and cities.

Snow shoeing is walking in snow; a slightly different gait is required compared with regular walking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fact sheet on the “Relationship of Walking to Mortality Among U.S. Adults with Diabetes” states that those with diabetes who walked for 2 or more hours a week lowered their mortality rate from all causes by 39 percent.

Women who took 4,500 steps to 7,500 steps a day seemed to have fewer premature deaths compared to those who only took 2,700 steps a day.

“Walking lengthened the life of people with diabetes regardless of age, sex, race, body mass index, length of time since diagnosis and presence of complications or functional limitations.

It has been suggested that there is a relationship between the speed of walking and health and that the best results are obtained with a speed of more than 2.5 mph (4 km/h)

Governments now recognize the benefits of walking for mental and physical health and are actively encouraging it.

This growing emphasis on walking has arisen because people walk less nowadays than previously.

In the UK, a Department of Transport report found that between 1995/97 and 2005 the average number of walk trips per person fell by 16%, from 292 to 245 per year.

Many professionals in local authorities and the NHS are employed to halt this decline by ensuring that the built environment allows people to walk and that there are walking opportunities available to them.

Professionals working to encourage walking come mainly from six sectors: health, transport, environment, schools, sport and recreation, and urban design.

Walking requires little in the way of equipment, it can be done more or less anywhere, and it’s less likely to stress the joints in the way that running can.

According to the World Health Organization. Sedentary lifestyles can be attributed to countless health problems, including increased risk of:

All-cause mortality
Cardiovascular diseases
Diabetes
Obesity
Colon cancer
High blood pressure
Osteoporosis
Lipid disorders
Depression
Anxiety

Walking requires little in the way of equipment, it can be done more or less anywhere, and it’s less likely to stress the joints in the way that running can.

According to a study, consuming more water speeds the rate of weight loss. In fact, increasing your water consumption by 1.5 liters per day can burn 17,400 calories in a year!

Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.

It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.

Science shows that placing one foot in front of the other leads to some seriously impressive mental and physical benefits.

Benefits of Walking
Improve Circulation. Walking wards off heart disease brings up the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens the heart. …
Shore Up Your Bones. …
Enjoy a Longer Life. …
Lighten Your Mood. …
Lose Weight. …
Strengthen Muscles. …
Improve Sleep. …
Support Your Joints.

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

Maintain a healthy weight
Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mood
Improve your balance and coordination

So what you are waiting for get ready to wear your best pair of shoes and get set to walk.

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