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6 benefits of walking you may not know

Often we heard that since there is no time to exercise, it is not worth wasting time walking because walking does nothing. Well this is not true! Walking is very important, yes!


Helps to spend some calories

Well, we start with the most obvious: move yourself (whatever you do) is better than being stopped! Of course, if you just walk, you cannot expect to spend the same number of calories you would spend if you run or climb one mountain bike.

But yes, it spends calories and helps your muscles to remain strong. It also helps control weight and sugar levels in the blood.
We recommend you walk vigorously and not just as if you were shopping. Allow your heart rate to increase slightly and keep it up for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You can spend between 200-500 kcal depending on your weight and the walk intensity.


Increases the number of mitochondria and so it is important in healthy aging

Walking forces mitochondria to work with more intensity and increases its biogenesis, which means, increases the number of mitochondria! Mitochondria are organelles that our cells have and are responsible for energy production.

Over the years we began to have fewer mitochondria and consequently less energy. If you want to stay active and maintain overall well-being as you age, help your mitochondria to remain active. Walk every day!


It helps to strengthen your bones

Swimming and cycling (for example) require that the body weight is being supported by water or by the bike and the effect on bone is not the same as other exercises. Thus, walking and the friction that is generated between the ground and the legs is important to your bone health.

There are studies that prove this relationship in children and in adults. Buy a pedometer and make sure you give about 10,000 steps a day!


Helps prevent dementia

Walking is not only important for muscle and fat mass but also to the brain.
The brain seems to shrink less in both the individuals who remain active and do hiking. And the walk also helps to slow the progression of the disease in those in which some form of dementia is already installed. 


Improve levels of vitamin D and the immune system

If you walk outside, take the opportunity to do it early in the morning or in the evening on days when there is sun. This way you don’t need to put sunscreen and you will ensure your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential for many functions, particularly for strong bones and a healthy immune system. When the weather is not so good, walk in the hours that are most convenient to you or walk indoors.


It helps you to be in a good mood

Walking helps to release endorphins, makes us feel in a good mood. But beyond that it can even help fight depressive states has already been shown that walking can be as or more effective than antidepressants.

Already convinced that walking is good for your health? So remember your daily walk, every day!

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