If I told you that a certain exercise could help sharpen your brain, boost your mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your sleep you’d probably want to do that exercise every day.
The good news? It’s nothing extreme, difficult, or even expensive. It’s walking!
Walking is a simple and free way to get in the physical activity you need every day to be healthy. Anyone can start a walking program. It’s one of the most simple forms of exercise, but the benefits are exciting!
The Health Benefits of Walking Every Day
Here are some of the amazing benefits of walking each day.
Sharpens the Brain
Walking sends more blood to the brain. Scientists believe that increased blood flow to the brain helps keep cells alive and improves cognitive function, especially in older adults.
Walking, and any type of exercise releases neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These chemicals help you feel happy, energized, and less stressed.
Strengthens Bones and Muscles
Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that can help strengthen the muscles and bones in your legs. Experts suggest that adults who participate in weight-bearing exercises, like walking, retain more muscle and bone density than those who do not.
Walking is a great way to burn some extra calories during the day. How many calories you burn will depend on a variety of factors like your weight and pace. For example, someone weighing 130 pounds can burn about 120-140 calories per hour while a 200-pound person may burn up to 200 calories per hour.
When you walk, the muscles in your legs contract and relax causing improved circulation throughout the body. All that nutrient-rich blood helps keep your body healthy and energized.
Walking and other types of exercise can help you sleep better! Walking may help decrease anxiety and aids in a healthy heart rate, factors that may help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep
Here at TruVision Health, we understand the power of walking every day. That’s why we created the 10k Pledge, a fun community involved challenge to help you get 10,000 steps in every day!
Why 10k steps?
Research suggests that if you’re getting in at least 10k steps in each day, that means you’re spending less time sitting and more time moving which is always a great thing. People who get in 10k steps each day tend to have lower blood pressure, healthier weights, and better moods.
It’s easy to get started with the 10k Pledge! Simply download the official 10K Pledge app in the Itunes store or Google Play and sync your activity tracker. Start walking, track your activity, interact with others, and even win awesome monthly prizes!