In modern times, it is very rare for us to meet people who want to travel only on foot, even though the place to go is very close.
They prefer vehicles such as motorbikes because it is faster than just walking.
Walking is a sport other than running that is easy for you to do. Without even realizing it, you've actually been walking almost every day.
Do you know? that the benefits of walking are very good for health! The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates had said that " Walking is the best medicine ". It makes the body healthier.
What happens to the body if we regularly walk every day?
Some of the benefits, namely:
- Preventing heart disease
According to the Heart Association, walking is as effective as running in preventing heart disease and stroke.
- Improves eyesight
Because walking also has a very good effect on the eyes, because it helps reduce Glaucoma. Diseases that cause fluid to collect in the front of the eye, and increase pressure on the nerves and vision.
- Positive changes in the brain
By walking can also prevent dementia, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and improve mental health.
- Increase lung volume
Walking can also increase the amount of oxygen in the blood circulation and help train the lungs, apart from eliminating toxins and other things that must be removed.
- Increase muscle
strength Muscle strength can also be increased as well as reducing body weight.
- Lowering the risk of stroke
The benefits of walking to reduce the risk of stroke. One of the studios of 70,000 nurses ( Harvard School of Public Health ) who was at work recorded walking 20 hours a week, their risk of having a stroke decreased by three.
- Stable weight
By getting used to walking regularly can increase the body's metabolism. In addition to the number of calories wasted by walking activities, excess calories that may exist will be burned from the increased metabolism of the body.
- Lose weight
For those who are starting to be overweight, it can be reduced by doing brisk walking activities on a regular basis.
- According to the risk of chronic disease, the
American Diabetes Association recommends walking to lower blood sugar levels and the risk of developing diabetes. A study from the American College of Cardiology (2020) showed the benefits of walking in lowering systolic blood pressure by about 0.45 points for the first 1,000 steps of the day.
- Relieve back pain
Did you know actually walking can be a "savior" for people who experience back pain when doing strenuous exercise. Therefore, walking can promote improved blood circulation in the spinal structure and improve posture and flexibility which are vital for spinal health.
So how much time a day do we need to walk?
According to doctor Melina B. Jampolis, author of The Doctoron Demand Diet, walking 30 minutes a day on a regular basis, is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health.
The most ideal time to exercise in the morning is at 7 am. Exercise must also be done properly, try to exercise on an empty stomach. The intensity must also be right, which is about 30 minutes per day.
It is better for young people to do activities on foot, because the benefits are very good for health.
Because when you are young, this is the right time to take care of your health so that in your old age you will always be healthy.