10 Exciting Benefits of Walking a Brisk Pace

I joined a walking group a few weeks ago, and it has been a game-changer for me.  I started walking several weeks before I joined this walking group. I was walking two to three days for an hour.  

 

I have to admit walking by myself I have laser focus.  But, walking with other women makes the time go faster, and I added another mile.  Most days, we complete a 4 miles walk.  

 

I posted about joining a walking group on IG and came across an image of the benefits of walking. That is what sparked this post.  

 

Most of us use walking as a way to lose or maintain our weight, but sometimes I think we don’t realize the other benefits of walking.  

 

Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes only.  This post does not replace professional medical advice.

 

 First, let’s clarify what is considered a brisk walk.  You should be able to carry a conversation, but it would be more challenging to sing.  

 

Or

 

you can walk 3 miles per hour, which is a 20-minute mile.

 

I currently walk a 20-minute mile.  My goal is a 15-minute mile. I want to complete a 5k in 45 minutes.

 

Here are the 10 benefits I found for walking a brisk pace.

 

1)Strengthen your heart and lungs

2)Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke

3)Improve some conditions you currently are dealing with:

  • High blood pressure

  • Cholesterol

  • Pain or joint stiffness

  • Diabetes

4) Improve your balance

5) Reduce body fat

6) Burn Calories

7) Improve Mood

8) Lose extra pounds over time

9) Reduce Stress

10) Strengthen immune systems

 

According to an article in Healthline.com Health Benefits of Walking, it talks about how you can lower your risk of heart disease by 19% by walking 30 minutes 5 times per week.  You can reduce the risk even more by increasing your duration or distance of the walk.

 

There you have it!

Your turn: What benefits have you gained from walking?

 

Share it with your friends.

 

 

Citation

Chertoff, J.C.(November 8, 2018) What are the Benefits of Walking.

Healthline.com/health/benefits-of-walking

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