For some walking may seem like too easy of an exercise, but there is a reason it is called a POWER walk.
TIME magazine just put out a special edition on the science of exercise, which included a lovely piece about walking.
The article highlighted 4 major benefits to walking:
It lowers your risk of disease
It can extend your life (WE LOVE THAT)
It can make you happier (YAY!!)
It can keep you limber longer (HUGE BENEFIT to Aging)
All four of these are pretty major claims, so you may be thinking to yourself, really??
Walking has demonstrated to lower one's risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. A study of 80,000 women showed a 42% drop in breast cancer mortality rates in those women who walked a couple hours a week.
Walking is an easy exercise to maintain throughout your life - so it is obviously a great choice for those with longevity goals! A study in Taiwan concluded that people who walked at least 15 minutes a day lived three years longer than those to were inactive.
Any type of exercise can boost your endorphins, but when it comes to walking, you can more easily enjoy the exercise with others - catch up with a friend, look at the new houses being built in your neighborhood - walking allows for a little more social activity which can help with depression as well.
Sitting has been labeled by many as the new tobacco, with good reason. Sedentary individuals are at much higher risks for disease and disability. Research has showed that even older sedentary adults can benefit from starting a walking regiment. One study demonstrated a 25% decrease in risk for disability in those older adults who took up walking. Another study showed that just two walks a day improved the mobility of a group of seniors by 20%.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START!
So the moral of the story is... START WALKING!!
Hied, M. (2017) The Truth About Walking. The Science of Exercise. TIME. 92-93