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30 amazing health benefits of walking

If you want to increase your lifespan by up to seven years then get into the habit of walking for 20 minutes or more every day.

Research from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congres) has been found that it helps the anti-aging process and can even help repair old DNA.

Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, told The Independent

We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.

Think of ways to include walking into your daily routine. Examples include:

  • Walk part of your journey to work
  • Walk to the shops
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift
  • Leave the car behind for short journeys
  • Walk the kids to school
  • Arrange a regular walk with a friend
  • Go for a stroll with family or friends after dinner

According to the NHS regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Stroke
  • and some cancers

But it’s also known that walking can:

  • Strengthens your heart
  • Reduce your risk of colon cancer
  • Reduce your risk of breast cancer
  • Reduce your risk of womb cancer
  • Help you lose weight
  • Prevent dementia
  • Tones up legs, bums and tums
  • Boost vitamin D
  • Give you energy
  • Make you happy
  • Improve sleep
  • Support your joint health
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce the incidence of disability in those over 65

walking in the sunshine for your health

And this is a list of benefits from the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Walking improves circulation
  • Walking shores up your bones
  • Walking leads to a longer life
  • Walking lightens mood
  • Walking can lead to weight loss
  • Walking strengthens muscles
  • Walking improves sleep
  • Walking supports your joints
  • Walking improves your breath
  • Walking slows mental decline
  • Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk
  • Walking helps you do more, longer