Walking helps to reduce disease risk and live longer. Humans are the only species that gets around by standing up and putting one foot in front of the other.
Walking is more than just transportation, it also happens to be really good for us. Countless scientific studies have found that this simple act of moving our feet can provide a number of health benefits and help people live longer. In fact, a walking routine, if done properly might be the only aerobic exercise people need, – says Emmanuel Stamatakis, a professor of physical activity, lifestyle and population health at the University of Sydney.
“Regular walking has all the standard benefits of aerobic exercise, such as improvements in the heart and circulatory systems, better blood glucose control, normalization of blood pressure and reduction of anxiety and depression,” Stamatakis says..
In a recent review study involving around 50,000 walkers, Stamatakis and his colleagues linked faster walking speeds to a reduced risk of dying from almost everything except cancer. How much you walk, rather than how fast you walk, might be more important for reducing cancer mortality, the review noted.
Researchers think exercises like brisk walking might improve brain plasticity, or the ability to grow new neurons and form new synaptic connection