What happens to your body when you walk for 15 minutes every day
A lot of us are guilty of taking expensive gym memberships and then giving up on the idea even before completing 90 days. But what if you were told that there is an easier way to stay healthy, without having to burn a hole in your pockets? A recent Harvard study has found out that walking even for 15 minutes every single day can add years to your life.
Here we bring you scientific data from studies conducted all over the world that claim umpteen benefits of walking. Let's dive straight in...
Bones get stronger: If you are in your 30s or approaching the number, remember that soon your bones will begin to thin after this age. Low bone mass can make you prone to bone-related disorders. But walking helps increase bone density.
Body burns calories: A study conducted in University of Tennessee claimed that women who walk as a exercise have lesser body fat over women who workout. This gets more visible in the age group of 40 to 66 years.
Elevates your mood: American Psychological Association conducted experiments on college students and found that walking gave a positive boost to their mood. And this was achieved within a 12-minute walk too.
Boosts creativity: According to a study by Stanford, it is walking that enhances creativity over sitting. So next time you are thinking of a creative idea for a client presentation, you know what to do.
Makes you sharper: A study in Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience claims that when you walk, there is better coordination and connectivity between your different parts of the brain. It even keeps you protected from age related mental disorders.
Forest Bathing: There is a practice in Japan called forest bathing where people stroll in the forest to connect with nature and relax their mind. It helped them fight depression and relax themselves. Well, worry not if you don't have a forest nearby. A park will be equally good.
Keep a steady pace: Slower pace may not do you as much good as a steady faster pace, but do not just give up because you can't keep up with the speed. Walk and walk more.
Source: The Times of India