People don’t often consider walking as a form of exercise but by simply placing one foot in front of the other, you can seriously improve both your physical and mental health. Everybody can walk so whether it’s a gentle stroll, a power walk or a hike, there’s many different types of walking that will engage different parts of the body and increase your heart rate.
Here’s some other benefits you’ll find by upping your step count…
It naturally makes you more active
By walking more, or simply taking a stroll each day, you will find your fitness levels gradually improving. Your breathing will adapt to more strenuous activity and your body will become accustomed to it too. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself increasing your daily step count with ease.
It can be relaxing
Not everybody enjoys a hard-core gym routine or an exercise class, and walking is known to be one of the more relaxing forms of exercise; especially if you choose to walk around areas of natural beauty like parks, forests, reservoirs, etc. Being out in the fresh air can work wonders for your relaxation and can actually help you sleep better too.
It eases back pain
Whilst walking can initially be quite difficult for those experiencing pain in their back, it can actually help in the long run. A study published in Clinical Rehabilitation found that a six week walking programme (which worked up from a 20 minute stroll to a 40 minute walk), was just as effective for back pain relief as an extensive strengthening rehab program as it contributes to better blood circulation, and helps improve posture and flexibility too.
It can help your mental health
Not only does walking impact your physical health, it can also be a great way of boosting your mental health instantly. A study from Stanford University found that walking increased creative output by an average of 60 percent and psychologists have also found that a 10-minute walk can be just as good for you as a 45 minute workout when it comes to relieving symptoms of anxiety!
It improves digestion
Exercise is a great way of improving your digestion as it helps to relieve constipation and regulates your bowel movements. Taking just one stroll a day and naturally increasing your step count therefore contributes to this and can prevent bloating to your stomach.
Within our sessions, our clients take part in a gentle walk on a treadmill which not only helps them see all the above benefits, but when combined with our technology can seriously transform their body. Find out more about what we do here.