8 Ways Walking Can Transform Your Health

by Dawn Chen
HEALTH  |  January 09, 2017
  • Heart healthy
    1 / 8 Heart healthy

    After sifting through over 4,000 studies and reviewing 18 of them, two scientists from the University College London concluded that walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular illnesses by 31 per cent, and cut one’s risk of dying by 32 per cent. Those who walked the longest or fastest enjoyed the greatest heart protection. 

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  • Boost immunity
    2 / 8 Boost immunity

    Help your body ward off germs and infections by incorporating regular exercise like – you guessed it – walking! Doing so improves your overall health, strengthens your immune system and promotes good blood circulation in the body. 

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  • Reduce lower back pain
    3 / 8 Reduce lower back pain

    When it comes to relieving lower back pain, brisk walking was found to be just as effective as clinical rehabilitation. This was the finding of a study from Tel Aviv University. To reap the benefits, put on your walking shoes and hit the road two to three times a week for 20-40 minutes at a go. 

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  • Slow down weight gain
    4 / 8 Slow down weight gain

    Harvard researchers conducted a study with over 12,000 people and found that those who brisk walked for an hour a day managed to reduce the effect of obesity-promoting genes in their body. This is in addition to all the weight-loss benefits that walking already provides. (Also Read: 4 Reasons Why Walking Is Great for Weight Loss)

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  • Be more creative
    5 / 8 Be more creative

    Get your creative juices flowing by taking a walk. Walking – both outdoors and indoors – boosted creativity, reveals findings from a Stanford University study. What’s more, these inspired ideas lingered even after participants sat down shortly after their walks.  

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  • Reduce stress
    6 / 8 Reduce stress

    That Zen feeling you get from taking a walk in the park is real. Results from a small-scale UK study found that volunteers seemed to enter a meditative state when walking through nature. (Also Read: Why You Should Try Nordic Walking)

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  • Curb your cravings
    7 / 8 Curb your cravings

    Manage your sweet tooth by taking regular walks. Research by the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk helped regular chocolate eaters cut their cocoa snacking by half. This was true even when study participants were put through stressful situations. 

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  • It’s just as good as running
    8 / 8 It’s just as good as running

    There’s no need for speed. A new study on over 33,000 runners and 15,000 walkers from the American Heart Association found that brisk walking lowers your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes just as much as running. This is great news for those who don’t like running, or can’t because of an injury or limitation. 

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