Your Body On Walking! 10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk
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Is the need to start an exercise program weighing heavily on you? Do you want to take steps to improve your health, but need a little nudge? If so, walking is the way to go. Each stride you take renders head-to-toe benefits. Welcome to a tour of the wonders of walking and the exciting timeline of a stroll.
EACH TIME YOU WALK
1. Your body burns fat.
Your body is like a car with two fuel tanks for energy. The first tank holds fatty acids. The second tank contains carbohydrates. When you exercise at low intensity, your body burns fat for energy. As exercise intensity increases, your body uses carbs. Walking is considered low-intensity exercise, ideal for fat-burning. When you walk, 80 percent of your energy is fueled by fat and 20 percent is stoked by carbs.
A University of Tennessee study found that women who walk for exercise have less body fat than those who don’t. Researchers assessed the effect of walking on body composition in 80 women, ages 40-66. Each wore a pedometer throughout the day. The women that logged the most steps had the lowest body fat percentage.
Walk regularly, and watch body fat melt away!
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2. Your bones get stronger.
Bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by increasing in density. The force of muscle tugging on bones stimulates bone cells to reproduce.
Bone mass peaks by age 30, after which bones begin to thin. Weight-bearing exercise shields against bone degeneration, a condition termed osteoporosis. Low bone mass sets the stage for fracture.
A Massachusetts study of post-menopausal women found that 30 minutes of daily walking reduced their risk of hip fracture by 40 percent.
Preserve your precious bones with a daily jaunt.
3. You get happier.
Walking releases, feel-good hormones called endorphins. These potent chemicals increase sensations of pleasure and well-being, acting as natural antidepressants. Endorphins also promote relaxation and relieve pain.
A California State University study showed that the more people walk, the brighter their mental outlook. Researchers assessed the outcome of walking in 37 adults over a period of three weeks. Each participant wore a pedometer to track their daily steps. At the end of each day, subjects completed questionnaires, evaluating mood, depression, and self-esteem. After writing down their ratings, they checked the number of steps they’d clocked on their pedometers. Those who’d walked the most reported feeling happiest.
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