Your Body’s Circulation and what it means for your health.
If you are like me and have to sit and work all day your body is being deprived of full circulation.
You see them everywhere, the Lunch walkers. Do you walk for your lunch? Do you ever wonder if they eat first and then walk or is walking their lunch? Well we will be answering those questions today.
The 10 health benefits of a Walking Lunch
We all know that exercise does us good – but did you know that walking has huge health benefits even in small quantities.
Moderate intensity walking has just as effective benefits as jogging like lowering the risk of high blood pressure – and you don’t even need to wear lycra!
The physical benefits of walking are clear:
- You can reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.
- A walk helps to boost your circulation and increase oxygen supply to all your cells, giving you great benefits such as more energy and even healthier looking skin.
- Walking even boosts your immune system for 24 hours – who knew?
- Physically active employees also take 27% less sick days than non-active employees, leaving them healthier the whole year round.
- Walking is also great for getting some more Vitamin D. Many people are vitamin D deficient which is essential for important things such as bone health.
Walking has plenty of mental health benefits as well:
- Being active promotes mental health and well being. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.
- Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed.
- Physical activity stimulates the release of body chemicals called endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, reduce stress and produce feelings of well being.
- Walking improves cerebral blood flow and lowers the risk of vascular disease, which may be linked to helping you stave off dementia.
- Our well being is boosted significantly with as little as 5 minutes of outdoor exercise.
So, there are 10 really good reasons you should bring your walking shoes to work.