The Surprising Benefits Walking Can Have On Your Overall Health 

 January 4, 2023

By  Dr. Polly Hediger

benefits of walkingAre you looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health? If so, you should walk regularly. There are a lot of people who like more vigorous forms of exercise, but even a short walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for your health. What are some of the biggest benefits of walking regularly? Learn more below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your local chiropractor if you need further assistance.

1. Release Endorphins That Improve Your Mood

One of the biggest benefits of walking regularly is that you can release endorphins that improve your mood. When you exercise, your body naturally releases endorphins that make you feel happy.

You may have heard of the term “runner’s high,” but that is not something that is reserved for running. Even if you walk regularly, your body will release endorphins that can make you feel happy. That is why walking could be a helpful part of a mental health treatment plan as well.

2. Increase Your Cardiovascular Endurance

Another benefit of walking regularly is that you can increase your cardiovascular endurance. Do you find that you are getting winded when you walk up the stairs? Do you have a difficult time going to the mailbox to get the mail? If so, you should consider walking regularly.

Walking is a great way to get your heart rate up, which can help you improve your endurance over time. If you walk regularly, you may find that you have more energy throughout the day, which might make it easier for you to accomplish all of the tasks on your to-do list.

3. Lose Body Fat and Weight

Of course, walking is also a great way for you to lose weight. There are a lot of people who have issues with their weight, and you have probably heard that diet and exercise can be helpful.

You don’t necessarily have to go out and run a marathon to lose weight. Even walking around the neighborhood for 30 minutes every day can help you burn calories and lose weight.

As a good rule of thumb, for every mile that you walk, you should burn 100 calories. Then, as you get in better shape, you might find that you are able to walk farther and faster. You could burn even more calories, lose even more weight, and improve your health.

4. Reduce Your Chances of Developing Chronic Medical Conditions

Finally, walking regularly can also help you reduce your chances of developing a host of chronic medical conditions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people across the country who live with chronic medical conditions every day.

Walking can help you stay healthy and reduce your chances of developing a variety of medical issues. A few examples include heart disease, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, and even a stroke. If you want to preserve your health, you should walk regularly. That way, you can live a long, healthy, and happy life.

See a Chiropractor Regularly To Protect Your Health

It is important for you to take care of your overall health, and walking can help you do that. You also need to reach out to a healthcare professional regularly who can make sure that any and all potential health issues have been taken care of.

For example, you might want to reach out to a chiropractor who can make sure your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are in proper alignment. That way, when you exercise regularly, you get the most out of each workout.

Consider reaching out to a local chiropractor today who can help you. If you don’t have a local chiropractor, please give us a call. We’re here to help!

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Dr. Polly Hediger

Dr. Polly Hediger grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, called Highland. After graduating in the top 10 of her high school class, she attended Southwestern Illinois College for general studies. In 1998, Dr. Hediger entered the accelerated science program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Missouri. Through her coursework there she completed her Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.).

Dr. Polly Hediger

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