Top health benefits of walking

Becoming a regular walker

Can walking really be the way to weight loss? Can walking be a route to improved fitness? All the evidence says yes — regular walking can help you lose excess body fat and keep it off, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, keep your joints and muscles mobile and supple and give you a more positive outlook.

If you get involved in a regular walking routine, you can expect the following positive changes to your body:

  • Less body fat.
  • Greater muscle tone in the hips, thighs, calves and buttocks.
  • Less risk of back pain.
  • Greater efficiency to burn fat.
  • Fewer aches and pains due to increased mobility.
  • Better digestion.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Greater resilience to stress.
  • Less anxiety and depression.
  • Improved cholesterol profile.
  • Better control of insulin.
  • Stronger bones and more mobile joints.
  • A heart that can pump out more blood with every beat.
  • Improved sleep.
  • Fewer colds and other infections.
  • Stronger respiratory system, so you can take in or expel more air with fewer breaths.
  • Enhanced posture.

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