Walking to Lose Weight, 6 Steps to Success

3. It helps with craving control.

Walking instills a sense of meditation, which has been shown to decrease sugar cravings and appetite.

4. It helps with posture.

A big benefit almost every walker notices is improved posture.

By extending the hip flexors from standing the back will straighten, and posture will improve naturally. It will just happen as a result of the walks without feeling “forced.”

5. It mostly burns body fat.

Walking in particular as a workout burns primarily fat for fuel, which is pretty great for anyone looking to lose weight on their body.

6. It reduces stress.

Going for a walk, particularly in nature, has been shown to greatly reduce cortisol levels in the body.  It’s a great way to decompress if feeling lots of life’s pressures.

7. It improves immune function.

A mere 30-minute walk improves T-cells and other markers of immune function.

A study done on postmenopausal women even showed that walking reduced the normal reduction of immunity caused by menopause.

8. It helps the elderly prevent falls.

Going on regular walks has been shown to reduce the number of falls in the elderly, so go take grandma for a walk! She’d love it! ☺

9. It’s in our blood.

Our ancestors consisted of long lines of hunters and nomads exploring the world around them.  It’s a part of who we are, whether you realize it or not.

10. It’s in our genes.

Walking has also been shown to positively affect the genes that are responsible for fat and carbohydrate metabolism, reduced inflammation, and lowered oxidative stress gene expression.

It is as much genetically a part of us as it is physical.

11. It can help you live longer.

A massive walking study of 7,000 men and 31,000 female recreation walkers showed that those who walked the most often had the lowest mortality rates.  So walk more for a long life… 

If you’re interested in one or more of these health benefits, the next question is…

What is the best time to go for a walk?

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