Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do. The difficulty can be suited to your ability; it’s easy, free and suitable for people of all ages. We love walking at Lakelands Walks and if you walk the Lakelands region you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery. Here’s why walking is so good for you:
- It’s good for your health Regular walking has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It lowers cholesterol and keeps blood pressure in check. Walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control high blood pressure
- It keeps weight in check If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your weight putting one foot in front of the other is one of the easiest ways to do that. Walking also increases muscle mass and tone and the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism so the more calories you burn.
- It boosts your vitamin D levels If you’re walking outside in daylight, you’ll be boosting your body’s level of vitamin D. It comes from sunlight and is essential for the absorption of Calcium in the body.
- It gives you energy It may seem like walking would do the opposite, however a walk is one of the best natural energizers. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive.
- It makes you happy Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety. At Lakelands we have group walks, which are sure to boost your mood.
- Improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness
- It’s good for your brain. Walking has extensive cognitive benefits, improving, cognitive control, academic performance and boosting creativity.