Eleven Biggest Benefits of Walking


By way of Firefox’s new recommended by pockets section, I came across this article on Benefits of walking to improve Health by Meghan Babbit of Country Living magazine. In the article, Meghan writes citing Melina B. Jampolis, M.D., an author of The Doctor on Demand Diet that “Taking a 30-minute walk a day is kind of like that proverbial apple: There’s a good chance it’ll keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best things you can do for your health.”

Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients because it is very easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of tennis shoes, and has tremendous mental and physical benefits.

Dr. Melina B. Jampolis, in Country Living

In the article, Megan lists the following 11 Biggest Benefits of Walking to Improve Your Health:

  • Walking will improve your mood.
  • It will help you burn calories and lose weight.
  • Walking can reduce your risk of chronic disease.
  • It can even delay the onset of varicose veins.
  • Your digestion will improve by walking more.
  • And your other goals will start to seem more reachable.
  • Walking can help you feel more creative.
  • And it can help alleviate joint pain.
  • Walking more can boost your immunity.
  • It can even help you live longer!
  • And last but not least, you’ll sleep better at night.

According to a 2002 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, both walking and vigorous exercise are associated with substantial reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular events and body-mass index where as prolonged sitting is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.