Things you did not know about walking
Universally recognized, walking is a great form of exercise. It cuts the excess flab, tones your cardiovascular system and takes you on a journey of optimism. Above all, it is applicable across all ages and food types.
The usual chants of benefits limit to only maintaining a better heart, reduced cholesterol and our body as a whole getting toned. Presenting 4 facts about walking that are less known.
- Reduces risk and effect of cancer – Yes, studies have proven this fact multiple times. Walking for 20 minutes or more directly reduces the side effects of Chemotherapy. Also, a walk immediately after meals reduces the probability of carcinogens in food from reaching the intestinal walls. This reduces the incidence of cancer in the first place.
- Great for your sex life – There is too much proof on this! Your performance on the bed is directly linked to the amount of walking you do per day. Doctors suggest a 2 KM walk a day to reduce the risk of impotency. Keep your sex life active by walking rather than resorting to expensive medicines that has side effects
- Develops your arms – Surprised? This is particularly applicable to brisk or power walking. True speed in power walking comes by the swing of the arms. Bend them at the elbow and swing back and forth for increasing the pace. This tones your arm muscles and also passes the benefits to shoulders and upper back of the body
- Improves memory – Believe this! Due to the physical exertion in walking, the increased intake of oxygen does this magic on your brain cells, especially the gray ones. If you add breathing exercises post a 20 minute walk, the ability to recall increases substantially across all age groups.
However, there are guidelines for proper walking. Some tips,
- Any walking stint of less than 15 minutes will not be of much help
- Prefer walking in the sun than on treadmills, you can leverage the benefit of Vitamin D
- Suggested dose for an adult and for the aspirants of weight loss are 30 and 45 minutes’ walk respectively.