5 reasons why walking is so good for us
National Walking Month is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the many health benefits of walking, some of which we’ll be looking at in this article.
Adults in the UK are recommended to take part in 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and walking is great way to help meet this recommendation .
Here are some of the reasons why walking is great for your health:
Reduced risk of heart problems
Walking just one hour per day has been found to reduce the risk of early death associated with a sedentary lifestyle, which is known to increase the risk of heart disease .
Alongside following the principles of a healthy diet such as a low carb lifestyle, walking can be a useful tool for supporting weight loss. Research has found that people who avoid driving to work are more likely to have a lower BMI and body fat percentage .
Studies have found that people who went for a relaxing walk in nature were shown to have improved mental health and lower levels of stress hormones .
Better blood glucose control
Walking has been found to help regulate blood glucose levels, helping to improve diabetes control .
Tackling anxiety and depression
Research has found that taking part in physical activity such as walking could be used as a possible treatment for improving symptoms of anxiety and depression .
You can discover more health benefits of walking when you join the Low Carb Program.
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