Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 381: Walking, Pt 2

Walking provides the following benefits:

01. Improves efficiency of your heart and lungs

02. Burns body fat and raises your metabolism so you are burning calories faster, even while you rest

03. Helps control your appetite

04. Increases your energy and elevates your mood while helping to prevent and/or reduce depression

05. Helps relieve stress, improves mental alertness and memory, and increases intellectual creativity and problem solving

06. Slows aging, and promotes healthier skin due to increased circulation

07. Lowers high blood pressure and helps control and prevent diabetes

08. Reduces risk of some forms of cancer including colorectal, prostrate, and breast

09. Promotes intestinal regularity and restful sleep

10. Helps control addictions to nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs

11. Strengthens your bones and reduces bone density loss in older women

12. Reduces stiffness in your joints due to inactivity or arthritis

13. Relieves most cases of chronic backache, improves flexibility and improves posture

Source: Walking Facts/Benefits

LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen


sandyland said...

4 and 5 for me I move everything farther away so I have to walk

colleen said...

Plus you get to see the world. Bring your camera!

Alice Audrey said...

No wonder this diet is working so well. They really push the walking.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Yep, it's a good thing! My second-favorite form of exercise (after gardening). I need to make time for it every day. :)

Heather said...

Sandy: Numbers 4 and 5 are definitely good reasons to go for a walk. I find I generally feel better mood-wise after a long walk.

Colleen: Definitely! I always take my camera with me. You never know what you'll see. ☺

Heather said...

Alice: A doctor told one of my friends that the best forms of exercise are walking and bicycling. I really should take my bike out more than I do.

Beth: You can definitely get a good workout gardening. My lower back was killing me after I spent an afternoon helping in a friend's garden -- all that bending and stretching.

CountryDew said...

I love to walk. I hope that one day I will be able to do it on uneven ground again. Haven't had a good ramble in several years.

Heather said...

Anita: Here's hoping your wish comes true!

Forgetfulone said...

I've had my arm in a sling for four weeks due to shoulder surgery. I can't jostle it still until it heals further. My point is I miss walking. I was in the routine of using the treadmill a few times a week, and I miss it. Changes in weight, blood pressure, mood. Hope I can start walking again soon. Great post!

Heather said...

Forgetfulone: I hope your shoulder is mending well, and that you will be walking again soon!

Novroz said...

Thank you for sharing this.
Great info. I don't walk that much anymore since I only live 2 minutes from where I work. But I do like hiking, does that count? ;)

I need to walk more

Heather said...

Novroz: Of course hiking counts -- probably more so as hiking tends to be over rougher ground and gives one a greater workout.