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    10 Health Benefits Of Brisk Walking

    By Padmapreetham Mahalingam

    Have you ever realised that brisk walking has myriad benefits? Walking slow or fast is a wonderful exercise for the body. Walking is a free and easy way to melt fat around your thighs and shape up your buttocks.

    Brisk walking is an excellent way to improve and maintain your overall health. Brisk walking helps to combat adverse health effects. Research proves that fast walking benefits us by enabling weight loss, burning-up of body fat, strengthening bones, improving balance and coordination, shrinking high cholesterol and helping tone-up.

    It is a proven fact that brisk walking for 20-25 minutes ensures a lower risk of heart diseases, diabetes and depression. There are several brisk walking benefits. It is not just hitting the gym that can keep you healthy but even a walk would do it.

    Brisk walking requires minimal equipment and it can be done any time of the day. This kind of aerobic activity can perk up your mood, improve the quality of your life and make you physically fit. Here are some of the 10 brisk walking benefits.


    Lowers your cholesterol levels

    Regular activity that is something as simple as brisk walking for half an hour can lower your cholesterol levels or bad cholesterol. One of the brisk walking benefits is that it helps to decrease the risks of cardiovascular diseases. Brisk walking is a powerful tool that can keep your cholesterol levels under control. Brisk walking has wonderful benefits for the heart and circulatory system.


    Boon to your heart health

    Brisk walking benefits by helping you control your weight. Fast walking for up to 90 minutes on most days of the week promotes weight loss and is boon to your heart health. Make sure to consult your doctor before you start any exercise programme to find out what is appropriate for you.


    Reduces risk of hypertension and diabetes

    It has been scientifically proven that regular brisk walking improves the BMI (body mass index) and controls blood pressure levels in people suffering from diabetes. The study has shown that more than 2000 overweight adults who walked for nearly 2.5 hours per week diminished the risk of getting diabetes by 60 per cent. Fast walking can lower blood pressure for 10 hours. Short bouts of brisk walking reduce postprandial plasma triacylglycerol concentrations and controls hypertension.


    Improves glycemic control

    Just 15 to 25 minutes of brisk walking after meals improves the blood glucose control in old people with less glucose tolerance.


    Reduces risks and effects of cancer

    Moderate intensity activity like brisk walking can cut the risk of breast and colon cancer by a quarter. Brisk stroll can radically reduce the chances of developing diseases in women over 50. Scientists claim that vigorous activity helps to cut down body fat which invariably produces cancer stimulating hormones like oestrogen and insulin.


    Protects against miscarriages

    This may sound a bit confusing and startling but walking during pregnancy lessens fatigue and also reduces the risk of gestational diabetes. Brisk walking benefits include bringing down the hormonal fluctuations, which could cause uterine contractions and this helps in giving protection against miscarriage.


    Is good for your bones

    Cutting your hip fracture risk by as much as 40 percent is one of the great brisk walking benefits. It is good for building and conserving bone in the lower body. Just half an hour of walking enables two measures of bone growth.


    Keeps your brain active

    Keeping yourself active is a good way to stay mentally sharp. A brisk walk of 30 minutes is good for your brain, heart, lungs, muscles, blood pressure and bones. It helps to minimise the mental decline of ageing and helps to fend off dementia. Walking few miles a week can stave off the development of Alzheimer's disease.


    Rejuvenates your mind and spirit

    Brisk walking not only helps you to burn up calories but it helps to rejuvenate, re-energise and renew your mind, body and spirit. Brisk walking makes you feel better and it impacts your body and mind.


    Soups up your sex life

    It is a known fact that sex and exercise go hand in hand and are connected with each other. Fast walking is said to improve one's sex life by improving blood flow and circulation. Studies have shown that women between 45 and 55 years who exercised regularly (brisk walking and jogging) have better sexual satisfaction. Brisk walking releases endorphins and boosts sexual performance.

    These are some of the brisk walking benefits that can make you physically fit and healthy. Some of these fast walking benefits are good for your body and mind. Just make sure to make walking a part of your healthy lifestyle.

    Read more about: wellness exercise
    Story first published: Friday, July 11, 2014, 2:03 [IST]
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