For Good Health & To Feel Good!
The Health Benefits of Walking
Walking is an exercise that can be done by young and old. Fit and unfit. It can be done intensively or in a relaxed way.
A large number of health benefits is claimed for exercise, including walking, by serious organisations.
The UK National Health Service, for example, has this to say:
"It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
• up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
• up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
• up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
• up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
• a 30% lower risk of early death
• up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
• up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
• a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
• up to a 30% lower risk of depression
• up to a 30% lower risk of dementia. "
(With thanks to the UK NHS !!)
The UK National Health Service is known as a conservative body. Not given to exaggerated leaps, so this list of the benefits of exercise is amazing. Not even mentioned is the effect that exercise has on weight reduction or weight maintenance. Walking, of course, if done the right way is "exercise", and therefore carries the listed benefits!
The Mayo Clinic cites maintaining a healthy weight as one of the benefits of walking. (Mayo Clinic)
Walking, as part of "exercise", is referred to by many many competent medical sources. Always in terms of the tremendous health benefits that it brings. In the opinion of most, these benefits include weight reduction and/or weight maintenance.