Science tells us that moving our bodies regularly is the best way to combat a whole range of ailments, from weight gain and heart disease to high stress and depression.
So, what does this mean for you?
It’s time to get moving! Walking regularly is the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve your health—both mentally and physically.
With that in mind, Fitneff's top 10 health benefits of movement are:
Moving on a regular basis can help to combat a variety of health conditions and disease, including high blood pressure and heart disease. Research shows that walking even 30 minutes a day can make all the difference in your long-term health.
Low impact movement and walking activity can have high results in the area of weight control if you are regularly active over time. According to the Arthritis Foundation, you can burn 200 calories with just a brisk 30-minute walk.
Cardiovascular health is an obvious benefit to regular movement. For example, studies have shown that people who are part of walking groups experience lower cholesterol, lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure than those who don’t walk.
According to research from California State University, movement has been known to improve your mood and make you feel happier when you engage on a regular basis. The movement releases endorphins in your brain, which in turn works to improve your overall mood.
Sleep is a highly important part to overall health that often gets overlooked. The National Sleep Foundation cites research showing that moderate exercise during the day can help those suffering from chronic insomnia get a better night’s sleep.
Movement for long periods of time can help improve your muscle strength and endurance. For example. while you might think walking only builds leg muscles, it also contributes to core, arm, and shoulder muscle strength too.
Your joints require movement to function properly. Since the majority of joints do not receive direct blood flow, movement is required to get the joint fluid flowing in order to receive oxygen. A sedentary lifestyle can cause your joints to freeze up quicker than usual.
The benefits of movement can spill over into the bedroom too! All the benefits we’ve touched on so far can help to increase your performance. But if you need more convincing, regular brisk walks can help to decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction and impotence according to an article by Very Well Fit.
Mental abilities can also be improved through regular active habits. Neuroscientific research has shown that movement and walking can improve brain connectivity and cognitive function, which is particularly important as we age.
Moving is a great way to clear the mind and get into a creative headspace. According to research done by Stanford University, a person’s creative ability can increase up to 60 percent while walking versus sitting.