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7 Health Benefits of Walking (INFOGRAPHIC)

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

We all know walking is good for us, right? But what exactly does walking do for your health? Is it worth the time? Would you just be better off doing more intense exercise in a shorter period? An infographic by Woowalkers reveals seven specific reasons why walking is so great for your health. Check out their findings below…

#1 Walking strengthens the heart.

As you probably know, walking is great medicine for the heart! You can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. The Stroke Association says that a brisk half-hour walk each day can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes. Overall, walking can reduce risk of stroke by up to 27 percent.

#2 Walking improves mood.

When you walk, you simply feel better. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety.

#3 Walking shores up your bones.

Walking can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis. (Learn more about osteoporosis management.)

#4 Enjoy a longer life as a result of walking!

Research out of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System says those who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties are 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts.

#5 Walking leads to weight loss.

A brisk 30-minute walk burns 200 calories! Over time, calories burned can lead to pounds dropped.

#6 Boost your vitamin D by walking.

Many people in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient. This affects important things like bone health and the immune system. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.

#7 Reduce cancer risk.

Research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that women who walked at least seven hours per week were 14 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor Near You

Have questions about what kind of activity could help improve your health? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.