While we know as a general fact that walks are beneficial for us, it's not too often that we hear about all the huge ways this simple and low impact movement secretly affects your lifestyle. With hot girl walks trending everywhere, people are finding ways to make walks a daily part of their routine. Follow along for some of the least talked about, but most impactful benefits of walking!
Taking a leisurely walk lowers blood pressure while stimulating the production of our feel-good hormones (endorphins) which in turn, decrease the production of the stress hormone- cortisol. Brighten your mood and take a short 20 minute walk to get a dose of vitamin D, which is has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression. If you're low on energy as a result of stress, walking may help perk you up as well.
The last thing I would want to do when I'm craving something sweet is go take a walk. But I tried this out and took my dog on a walk after dinner and found that my usual "after dinner" sweet craving subsided. A pair of studies from the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. The latest research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a wide variety of sugary snacks.
Recently, researchers have found that walking only 5 miles a week may slow cognitive decline in healthy adults as well as those with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's. According to these studies, over time aerobic exercises like walking can reduce arterial stiffness and encourage more blood flow to the brain, protecting your memory and learning centers. Do you ever start walking when you're talking on the phone because you find your thoughts flow better?
As an added bonus, walking can even help you have less sick days. Another study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day for 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who did it once a week or less. Those that did get sick, it was for a shorter amount of time with milder symptoms.
Lastly, walking also aids muscle recovery and does wonders to relieve that sore feeling the day after a tough workout. If you're looking for more powerful ways to improve recovery, we highly recommend the VPOD to athletes, tough gym goers, and anyone suffering from chronic joint or muscle pain. This wireless TENS/EMS unit has 24 different features and adjustable intensities, making it the perfect pain relief on the go! To learn more, visit VPod.Life.
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