6 Benefits of Walking Every Day

Better cardiovascular health At the American Heart Association's Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2023, individuals 70 and older found that walking 500 steps or a quarter mile more per day reduced their risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart failure by 14%.

Better bone density and muscle strength Maintaining muscle strength and bone density as you age is crucial. The Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation reports that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 44 million have low bone density.

Improvement in digestion Daily walking improves stomach motility. "It can be particularly beneficial for individuals who suffer from digestive issues such as constipation," Read notes. Daily activity is important in more ways than one!

Improved joint health Read says daily walking strengthens and lubricates joint-supporting muscles. According to research, 54.6 million U.S. adults with arthritis are less active than those without the ailment. Walking improves physical function and reduces arthritis discomfort. It also reduces fall risk.

Better mental health When you walk outside or on the treadmill, endorphins are released. Read calls these "natural painkillers and mood elevators." Walk to reduce anxiety and despair.  

Walks are great social activities that can improve your brain and thinking skills, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Walking promotes brain cell proliferation. When you walk with a friend, your brain gets various benefits.

Losing and managing weight Walking is an easy and effective way to shed or manage weight. A simple, natural calorie burner. Read says, "While walking might not burn as many calories as more intense exercises like running or cycling, it still provides a steady calorie burn which can accumulate over time.

Additionally, "Walking increases basal metabolic rate. A higher BMR burns calories even at rest." Walking fast helps your body "tap into fat reserves for energy," which aids fat loss.