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May is a Nice Time to Walk

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Michael J. Lyons, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, Coastal Gateway Health Center

May is National Walking Month, which is a perfect time to highlight the many benefits of walking. Walking is a simple, low-impact exercise that is easy to do, and it has numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. In this article, we’ll explore some of the top benefits of walking and why you should consider making it a regular part of your routine.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that can help to improve heart health. Regular walking can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and improve your overall cardiovascular fitness. Walking at a brisk pace for at least 30 minutes a day can also help to lower your cholesterol levels.

Helps with Weight Management

Walking can be an effective way to manage your weight. It burns calories, and the more you walk, the more calories you’ll burn. Walking can also help to reduce belly fat, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Boosts Mood and Reduces Stress

Walking can have a positive impact on your mental health. It can boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your overall sense of well-being. Walking outdoors in nature can be especially beneficial for reducing stress and improving your mood.

Increases Bone Density

Walking is a weight-bearing exercise, which means it can help to increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Regular walking can also help to strengthen the muscles around your bones, which can help to prevent falls and fractures.

Lowers the Risk of Chronic Diseases

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer. Walking can also help to improve insulin sensitivity, which can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Improves Brain Function

Walking can help to improve cognitive function and memory, especially in older adults. It may also help to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Easy to Fit into Your Routine

One of the best things about walking is that it’s easy to fit into your routine. You don’t need any special equipment or a gym membership. You can walk anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. You can even break up your walking into shorter sessions throughout the day if that works better for your schedule.

In conclusion, walking is a simple, low-impact exercise that offers numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. Whether you’re looking to improve your cardiovascular health, manage your weight, boost your mood, or reduce your risk of chronic diseases, walking is an excellent choice. So why not take advantage of National Walking Month and start incorporating more walking into your daily routine? Your body and mind will thank you.

Coastal Gateway Health Center can be reached by phone at 409.296.4444 or by email at [email protected].  For more information regarding our services and programs, please visit our website at www.coastalgatewayhc.org or find and follow us on Facebook.  We are proud to be #yourcommunityhealthcenter.

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