Benefits of Walking

Sometimes walking can often be overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you burn excess calories, make your heart healthier and help you build stamina.  A brisk walk for 10 minutes daily has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

Walking is simple, free and is one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.  Make sure before you start that you are wearing shoes or trainers and of course Norfolk's Walking Socks,  that they provide adequate support and do not cause blisters. You may want to invest in some more specialist walking shoes and thicker walking socks for more challenging routes.

Walking lowers your risk of disease. A regular walking habit slashes the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60%, and you're 20% less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb.

Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory. Dementia affects 1 in14 people over the age 65 and 1 in 6 over the age of 80.

Exercise boosts your mood.  Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of people suffering from depression, resulting in feel good endorphins, while reducing stress and anxiety.

Regular walking gives your joints a good workout too, it increases your muscle strength and can help to keep bones strong.  For your joints to work at their best, you need to keep them moving. Walking is an excellent choice of exercise if you already have joint problems because it doesn't put much impact on them.

Walking can help to reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis.  Walking also improves how well you can move your knee and hip joints if you have osteoarthritis in them.  Walking may also help prevent lower back pain if it's a problem.

Check out these websites for a list of walking clubs in your area:

www.ramblingclubs.com

www.walking-uk.com

www.ramblers.org.uk

www.timeoutdoors.com

www.ukhillwalking.com

www.walkingclub.org.uk

www.Idwa.org.uk

www.overthehillwalking.org.uk  (walking club for singles over 40)

www.lifeover50.net

www.silversurfers.com (walking holidays for over 50s and 60s)

www.thewalkingsite.com

 

 

 

 

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