A Daily Walk is The Secret to Adding 7 Years to Your Life

A Daily Walk is The Secret to Adding 7 Years to Your Life

Benefits of Walking Daily

Many people do not know the secret to having a perfect health, but do you? Health experts tell us that a half hour's brisk daily walk is sure to add about 7 years to your life. They have also found out that moderate exercise could drastically reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack for people who have crossed the fifty mark. Coronary heart disease is the world's single biggest killer, causing a death every seven seconds.

The health benefits of walking include reducing the risks of obesity and diabetes, and promote good health. Blood tests conducted during the period of exercise activity shows that an anti-ageing process had been triggered which helped repair old DNA. Furthermore, exercise acts as an antidepressant, improves cognitive functions, and may even retard the onset of dementia.

Healthcare experts firmly opine that even a daily walk of 20 minutes can result in some magic in your sedentary lifestyle. Make a little change to your diet and eating habits, and then you can look forward to seeing a completely new you. Exercise brings about a horde of benefits, regardless of the age at which the person starts, including improved brain functioning. Do you know that people who sit for more than 8 hours a day are on the brink of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer? So, get up and get moving, and hang up your sedentary lifestyle. If even a mere 2-minute workout can increase your life span by 30%, then think of the wonders that can take place in your life if you were to follow a 20 or 30-minute workout.

Health gurus recommend that people with cardiovascular disease, heart disease, or who have had myocardial infarction should be physically active as it is extremely beneficial to them. Whether you have a health problem or not, step out into the open, take a brisk 30 minute daily walk, jog, or workout and go on to add 7 years to your life.

Health experts have presented new research findings which prove that benefits of walking daily or regular exercise can reduce ageing and increase the average life span. Exercise is sure to bring in a number of benefits whatever be your age or condition - the more active you are, the more the benefits that you are going to have. There is conclusive evidence to show that any type of physical exercise has a positive impact by delaying the process of ageing. One of the benefits of walking daily is that it raises your heart rate, gets your blood pumping, and boosts the circulatory system.

It is well known that dementia affects more than one fifth of the people over the age of 65, but studies have shown us that senior citizens who walk about 10 or more kilometers per week could avoid brain shrinkage and preserve their memory even as they grow old. Walking keeps your weight in check and also helps maintain healthy joints thus preventing joint problems such as arthritis as well as osteoporosis. Walking can also work wonders on other parts of your body - it can strengthen your legs and tone your abs.

Do make it a point to walk in the sunlight and you will be boosting your Vitamin D levels, but take care to ensure that you are not exposed to the harmful Ultra-violet rays of the sun. Another advantage is that walking is a great energy booster - it boosts circulation and makes you feel active. Now, that you aware of the health benefits of walking, don't you think that you should make walking your daily regimen?

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad