Taking Steps to Better Health

Besides cardiovascular health, the established physical benefits of walking at a moderate pace (about three miles per hour) include:

  • Lessened cancer risk
  • Reduced mental decline, including dementia
  • Lowered chance of heart disease
  • Improved joint function
  • Stronger bones
  • Reduced risk for diabetes
  • Energy boost

The benefits of walking extend to mental perks as well. Walking increases the release of mood-enhancing endorphins, including serotonin, which is important for combating depression. Walking can relieve stress, decrease depression, increase creativity, and elevate the walker’s mood. There’s a reason why an angry person is often told to “Walk it off!”

Want to do that recommended 30 minutes, but don’t have the time? Try 10 minutes three times a day. It’s no wonder the Centers for Disease Control calls walking the “most popular aerobic physical activity.”

More here: University Health News: Benefits of Walking: Taking Steps to Better Health