Walking to Health
Health Benefits of Walking
UNITED KINGDOM—A recent study conducted at the University of East Anglia and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that walking regularly could help reduce the risk of life-threatening conditions.
The researchers analyzed 42 previous studies, which included 1,843 participants. Some of who had obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, or Parkinson’s disease. The study assed the health of the participants based on the type of exercise they participated in, many joined walking groups.
The team found that those who joined walking groups, which involved regular short walks under an hour saw significant health improvements. Specifically, they found that walking regularly reduced blood pressure, body fat, body mass index, and. It is noted that all of these factors are causes of stroke and heart disease.
According to lead researcher, Sarah Hanson:
“Our research shows that joining a walking group is one of the best and easiest ways to boost overall health. The benefits are wide ranging, and they go above and beyond making people more physically active. People who walk in groups also tend to have a more positive attitude toward physical activity, a shared experience of wellness and say they feel less lonely and isolated. Taking regular walks can also be a catalyst for adopting other healthy behaviors.”
If you are interested in preventing or reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke, you might want to consider adding walking to your daily routine.