Walking is one of my favorite activities.  Whether it’s walking in the neighborhood, hiking in a park, or strolling on the beach, I just love walking through the outdoors.  The added bonus – walking is a great way for women to stay healthy and fit.  Check out these six awesome benefits.  (Number 6 might surprise you!)

 

Your waist will shrink

Regular walking can help improve your body’s response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat. Also, daily walking increases your metabolism by burning extra calories and preventing muscle loss.

You’ll become happier

Research shows that regular walking can actually modify your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility.  Walking outdoors gives your mind an even greater boost because of the natural sunlight.

You’ll reduce your risk of chronic disease

Now these results are impressive.  Walking can improves diabetes, blood pressure, risk of stroke, and cardiovascular disease!  The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and risk for diabetes.  Another study found regular walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%.  Yet another study found that those who regularly walk had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Your creative juices will start flowing

According to a 2014 study, going for a walk sparks creativity.  Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to people while seated and while walking.  They found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters.

You’ll keep your legs looking young

Did you know that walking can help varicose veins?  Research shows that daily walking can help ease related swelling and restlessness in your legs.  Also, if you’re genetically predisposed to have varicose and/or spider veins, walking daily can help to delay the onset.

You’ll become more “regular”

Instead of relying on your morning coffee, why not take a morning walk to get your digestive system going?  A regular walking routine can greatly improve gastric mobility.

Stay happy, healthy, and in motion AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!

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