Marching into March: Why Walk

By | 2018-03-08T15:50:46+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

How Walking Can Help You Lose Weight, Feel Better, and Live Longer

Walking, which you’ve probably been doing since your first birthday, can actually help you get in shape. It may seem too good to be true, but research confirms that walking can help you lose weight, feel better, and even live longer! Still not convinced? Here are 4 scientifically-proven reasons to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement.

Walking Can Help You Lose Weight

When combined with a healthy diet, regular brisk walking can help you lose weight and keep it off. A recent study conducted at Germany’s University of Bonn confirmed that individuals who walked briskly for 3 hours each week lost more body fat than those who relied on a healthy diet alone. Walking is one of the best ways to make your hard work in the kitchen count!

Walking Can Decrease Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

Numerous studies tout the benefits of a good stroll on mental health. Research shows that walking outdoors can help quiet the brain and prevent you from dwelling on negative thoughts; while a 10-minute walk (indoors or out) may help relieve anxious jitters for as much as a 45-minute workout session!

Walking Can Boost Energy

If you’re feeling sleepy, it may be time to get up and walk. A 2016 study published in the British Medical Journal found that taking just 15 steps every 30 minutes can help boost energy levels. Try setting a timer to remind you to get up and move every 30 minutes. You’ll be surprised how energetic and productive your workday will be!

Walking Can Help You Live Longer

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular moderate-intensity walking can help prevent and/or manage symptoms of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, which are all significant risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Best of all, walking can increase your lifespan! A recent study showed that people who walk at least 2.5 hours each week are 9% less likely to die from cancer, 30% less likely to die from respiratory illness, and 20% less likely to die from any cause.

Research continues to prove that walking is one of the most enjoyable, simple, and inexpensive ways to feel better, live longer, and shed some pounds. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite walking shoes and march into March!

P.S.  If you don’t feel like walking outdoors or jumping on the treadmill, join us for a live “Indoor Walking Workout” Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00 am EST!

About the Author:

As a former overweight teenager, Meghan discovered the transformative power of good nutrition and exercise. In a quest to help others transform their lives, Meghan earned an MS in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University and a dual-certification from the American Council on Exercise in personal training and group fitness instruction. In addition to writing, Meghan teaches virtual fitness classes and provides 1-on-1 training sessions via VHPGO. Meghan resides in Charlottesville, VA and loves spending time with her husband, infant daughter, and toy poodle.