6 Health Benefits of Brisk Walking

  1. It helps you shed those extra kilos — There could be nothing simpler than a walk to burn calories and stored fat in the body. Brisk walking speeds up metabolism and if combined with a healthy diet, can help in losing excessive body weight. Regular brisk walks strengthen muscles of your legs, abdomen, back, and buttocks. This increases muscle endurance and tightens muscles, resulting in a toned appearance and improved posture.
  2. It helps you beat the blues — Brisk walking elevates your mood in no time. Just like any other exercise form, it triggers the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins. Endorphins are neurochemicals which induce relaxation, stabilize mood, and also help reduce perception of pain. Brisk walking is a very good antidote to anxiety and stress of any kind, as it lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol. These collective effects lead to mental calmness and also help improve sleep quality.
  3. It boosts your energy levels — Brisk walking increases blood circulation which leads to better supply of oxygen to all the body tissues. This instantly boosts energy production and reduces fatigue caused by sedentary lifestyle. Regular brisk walks also work on building stamina over a period of time, without straining your joints and muscles.
  4. It prevents chronic health conditions — Regular brisk walking helps in regulating metabolism and normalizing blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. This helps in preventing non-communicable diseases like hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  5. It strengthens muscles and joints — Brisk walking consistently works on your muscles and gradually strengthens them. Stronger muscles support joints and lead to stronger bones. Walking lubricates joints and improves bone mineral density, which gradually minimizes the risk of age-related osteoporosis– a disease that leads to loss of bone density, resulting in weaker bones and increased risk of fractures. In addition to strengthening bones and muscles, brisk walking also reduces stiffness and makes muscles flexible. Scientific studies prove that brisk walking alleviates chronic lower back pain.
  6. It matters for your heart — Brisk walking is a kind of cardio exercise that increases heart rate and improves blood flow to the heart muscles. It also helps in lowering blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, all of which are high risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.




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