Your Body On Walking! 10 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Walk
SPANISH TRANSLATION: COSAS QUE SUCEDEN A SU CUERPO CUANDO USTED CAMINA
University of California researchers studied the effect of walking on dementia. The study followed 6,000 women who walked for exercise. Those who logged 2.5 miles a day had slower mental decline than women who walked less than half a mile a week.
Walking is your ammunition against Alzheimer’s disease.
10. You increase your potential lifespan.
Regular walking promotes longevity. A Boston hospital data analysis found that for every minute of exercise, seven extra minutes of life are attained. The research was conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in PLOS. The analysis evaluated six studies involving more than 650,000 people over a period of 10 years. Subjects walked briskly for 2.5 hours weekly and gained an average of 3.4 years of life.
Live long and prosper with walking!
CHRONOLOGY OF A BRISK WALK
To further inspire you, here’s the exciting timeline of a one-hour jaunt.
Your heart rate and circulation increase. Joint stiffness diminishes as lubricating fluids release. The elevated activity burns five calories per minute versus one calorie per minute at rest. With the escalated need for energy, your body derives fuel from fat and carbs.
Your heart rate continues to accelerate, ranging from 100 to 140 beats per minute. You now burn six calories per minute. Blood vessels dilate, transporting more oxygen throughout your body and brain.
Body temperature keeps rising, you begin perspiring, and blood vessels expand to release the heat. As you kick up the pace, you burn seven calories per minute and start to breathe harder. The hormones glucagon and epinephrine increase, directing fuel to muscles.
You feel both exhilarated and relaxed. Tension melts as endorphins dance. Fat-burn is easing the job of the insulin-producing pancreas.
As carb stores decrease, you start feeling fatigued. In the cool-down phase of your workout, your heart rate and breathing slow. Calorie burn isn’t as high but will remain greater than your resting metabolism for up to one hour.
For the rest of your day:
You feel great!
THE FAST TRACK TO HEALTH
Walking puts you in the express lane on the highway to better health. Let’s recap all the perks of ambulating:
1. Fat burn
2. Strong bones
3. Sunny mood
4. Sharp mind
5. Healthy heart
6. Toned muscles
7. Enhanced immunity
8. Deep sleep
9. Dementia protection
10. Longer life
Are you pumped to lace up your walking shoes?