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
If you’re feeling blue and low, go for a stroll!
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4. You get smarter.
Exercise enhances memory. It speeds blood flow, feeding the brain with the oxygen it needs for energy. Elevated oxygen heightens the brain’s capacity to code and process information. Beneficial enzymes and hormones kick in, boosting brain function.
Walking also stimulates the hippocampus, the brain region involved in learning. When nerve cells in your hippocampus are activated, thinking ability sharpens.
Swedish research shows that physical activity spurs creativity. It triggers the birth of new brain cells, a process termed neurogenesis. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology revealed that walking reaps fresh ideas. Researchers assessed subjects’ performance before and after walking. They were able to think of 60 percent more uses for an object after a brisk jaunt.
Research conducted at the University of Illinois found that after adults had exercised for 30 minutes, their cognitive abilities improved by 10 percent.
If a problem has you befuddled, go for a walk!
5. Your heart gets healthier.
Walking is a type of aerobic activity that raises heart rate, promoting blood flow to the heart. This strengthens the heart muscle so it doesn’t have to pump as hard and can rest between beats. Blood pressure eases, reducing the risk of heart disease. Strolling also lowers cholesterol.
University of Tennessee research revealed that women who walked two miles daily lowered their blood pressure by 11 points. The study involved 24 postmenopausal women with hypertension, 10 of whom were taking blood pressure medication. About half the women increased their daily walking to two miles over a six-month period. The other half did not change their activity level. The women who exercised saw significant reductions in blood pressure. Six women got their numbers back to normal.
Ward off heart disease with a fun walking program.
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6. You sculpt muscle.
Walking tones abdominal and leg muscles. Increased muscle mass raises metabolic rate, the speed at which you burn calories.
Strolling nourishes the cushioning tissue between bones called cartilage. Physical impact delivers oxygen and nutrients to cartilage cells, preventing arthritic deterioration.
Ambulation brings your body into better alignment by balancing major muscle groups. Spinal and pelvic muscles are strengthened, relieving back pain.
At Tel Aviv University in Israel, researchers studied the benefits of walking in 52 patients with low back pain. Subjects first completed questionnaires assessing pain level, disability, and walking endurance. Then they participated in a six-week exercise program, walking two to three times weekly. At the end of the study, all subjects reported significant improvement in pain, activity level, and stamina.