There are so many benefits to walking. They can cut down on many health problems, saving you time and money, while keeping you in shape – and it’s absolutely free!
Wherever you live, there’s pavement to walk on, a trek or a trail where you can experience the benefits of walking, and 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity walking a week can help relieve stress and prevent heart disease.
Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45% greater chance of survival than those who remain inactive, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Yale researchers running the study also discovered that those who exercised in the year before being diagnosed were 30% more likely to survive, compared to women who didn’t exercise in the run-up to their diagnosis.
Walking briskly for just 30 minutes, 5 times a week can substantially lower your risk of suffering a stroke, according to researchers at University of South Carolina. After studying 46,000 men and 15,000 women over the course of 18 years, those with increased fitness levels associated with regular brisk walking had a 40% lower risk of suffering a stroke than those with the lowest fitness level.
Italian researchers chose 749 people suffering from memory problems in research and measured their walking and other activities. At the 4-year follow-up, they discovered that those who expended the most energy walking had a 27% lower risk of developing dementia than the people who expended the least. Potentially, this is because of physical activity’s role in increasing blood flow to the brain.