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Wellbeing Wednesday: Hello Spring, Hello Walking!

Published on: 01/05/2018

It must be the easiest way to exercise, and an easy habit to start. You don’t need any special equipment, you don’t need to plan ahead, you don’t need a change of clothes afterwards.

Taking a walk before work or during your lunch break requires only a small amount of effort yet has a myriad of health benefits.

Public Health England says that 4 in 10 middle aged adults are not walking enough – not even hitting the very low requirement set by PHE of one brisk ten minute walk a month.

Keeping up the habit of a single brisk walk every day will show benefits very quickly. 

At Milton Park, there are plenty of pleasant walks to be had around our beautiful and biodiverse grounds.

So, why should we fit a walk into our daily routine?  

 

Regular walking is good for your heart health

Getting the blood pumping regularly really helps keep your heart strong.

The Stroke association recommends 30 minutes of walking a day to reduce risk of high blood pressure, and just a daily walk can reduce the risk of having a stroke by 27%. Regular walking can regulate your blood pressure and therefore contribute to strengthening your heart, cutting the risk of heart disease later in life.

 

Getting outside will increase your exposure to Vitamin D

One of the reasons why many of us feel sluggish over the winter period is due to a lack of exposure to Vitamin D, which keeps our teeth, bones and muscles healthy.

It is best to walk in the morning to get the most effective Vitamin D exposure.  

 

Low intensity exercise is good for weak joints

Walking is a low intensity exercise which will put little pressure on your joints, unlike running which can put your joints through a lot of stress. It is excellent exercise for those who hate to exercise, or who are unable to do high intensity exercise. Walking is also a good starting point after a long break from exercise without putting the body through any unnecessary stress.  

 

Your mood will improve

A regular lunchtime walk helps improve your mood and reduce stress. It also helps you remain enthusiastic and happy in your work if you’re having a tough day.

As you walk, more oxygen and glucose enters the brain, which improves its functionality and ultimately helps you stay happy and positive.

 

Regular walking will aid weight loss and improve your metabolism

This seems like an obvious benefit, but many feel they are only actively losing weight when they are sweating it out at the gym. This couldn’t be further than the truth. Walking is low-impact exercise which can contribute to regular and healthy weight loss, building and toning muscles while cutting down on your waistline.

 

Regular walking can help prevent dementia

Walking for as little as three hours a week can boost your brain functionality and strength enough that studies suggest that it can delay vascular cognitive impairment, which is a leading cause of dementia in later life. 

 

Walking can boost the body’s immunity

Find yourself catching a lot of colds or always feeling tired and run down? Walking regularly can help boost your bodies’ immune system, making you less susceptible to infections and diseases like the common cold. Walking improves activity of B-Cells and T-Cells inside your body, which actively fight disease and infection in your body.  

Milton Park has a range of walks on-site which are attractive, simple and steeped in diverse nature.

Download our map of walks at Milton Park and start feeling the benefits today.

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