15 Health Benefits Of Taking A 30 Minute Walk Every Day.
Strengthen Those Bones
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We can't stress enough how important bone health is, and doing weight-bearing exercises is one of the best ways to build up bone density. And what's the easiest way to do that? Walking, of course! In a large study done by Oxford, adults that walk on a regular basis have better bone density than people that don't. People that have strong bones can avoid osteoporosis and the problems associated with it like fractures, spine shrinkage, and disability.
Take Care Of Your Pancreas
Many people disregard their pancreas, but you definitely shouldn't. The pancreas secretes enzymes, or digestive juices, that go into the small intestine. Once they're in the small intestine, they break down food that's left in the stomach. The pancreas also produces a hormone called insulin that is secreted into the blood stream, where it then regulates the amount of glucose, or sugar level, in the body. A study that took place over six months showed that a group of people that walked had glucose tolerance (how well the cells absorb blood sugar) six times greater than a group of people that ran.
A Happy Life
"Live Science" published a study that says that regular, moderate exercise, such as walking briskly, can increase a person's life expectancy by several years, even for people who are overweight. Another separate study says that people that walk often tend to be happier. They feel more enthusiastic and excited about their future than people that tend to just sit around all of the time.
You may not believe it but doing something as simple as taking a walk could actually improve your eyesight! The "Journal of Neuroscience" published a study that said that people you regularly participated in aerobic activity had healthier eyeballs and were actually less likely to have problems such as age-related vision loss and retinal degeneration. Taking a brisk walk every day could also help fight glaucoma by relieving eye pressure.
You may have been told before to take a walk after eating a big meal and that's because it can have a huge impact on your digestion and get things moving. Research has also shown that people that exercised constantly for at least ten years have a lower risk of dying from colon cancer. The first author of the study, Dr Kathleen Wolin from Washington School of Medicine, said that even though most benefits were seen in those that exercised their entire lives, you don't have to work out for hours every day or run marathons to benefit. "You get enormous 'bang for the buck.' You go for a 30-minute walk every day and you're going to reduce your risk of a number of diseases," she said.
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