Steps To Better Heart Health:
The Benefits Of Walking
It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. And walking is great way to improve your mind, body, and spirit, as well as your heart health!
Get Your Heart Health In Stride
You may not consider walking as much of a workout as, say, a kickboxing class or a long run, but the benefits of a good stroll are actually numerous and comparable. In fact, walking can result in reduced LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol, increased HDL (or “good”) cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Not to mention walking can help you to manage your weight, lift your mood, strengthen your body, and improve your overall fitness. Studies have even shown that brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack to the same degree as jogging and other more intense forms of exercise.
Since walking is a form of aerobic exercise, it increases your heart rate, strengthening your heart while increasing blood flow throughout your body. Put simply, 30 minutes a day, five days a week can make a world of difference in your cardiac—and overall—health.
Before You Put On Your Shoes
A few words of advice: Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start a walking regimen to see if it’s right for you. And when you’re ready, the proper shoes, clothing, technique, warm-up, and cool-down all are important considerations before you take your first step. So check with your doctor, suit up, and start walking toward better heart health.
Sources: The Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association