Walking: The Nearest Activity to Perfect Exercise
Walking is one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise you can do. It’s low impact with very little
stress on the joints and it’s free!
According to Professors Jerry Morris and Adrienne Hardmand in the Walking for Health Walking Works report:
“Walking is the nearest activity to perfect exercise”.
Best of all, walking is such a great way to explore the beautiful scenery that Plymouth has to offer. Our city boasts
some of the best coastline views and miles of superb countryside. Read on to find out how walking can help everyone
live happier, healthier lives.
Boosts your Immune System
Physical exercise like walking increases the amount of white blood cells circulating in your blood. These cells fight infection and other diseases as part of the body’s immune system, giving it a real boost.
Improves Your Mood
Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Improves Joint Health
Low-impact exercise, like walking, helps lubricate your joints and increases blood flow to cartilage, which helps it get the nutrients it needs to cushion and protect the ends of bones in your joints.
Helps Prevent Weight Gain
Walking is important for weight control because it helps you burn calories. Of course, the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn.
Walking tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints to your muscles.
Improves Bone Health
Walking is a weight bearing exercise, your feet and legs are supporting your weight which makes your bones work harder and this can make them stronger.
Walking Works Report
Walking works, and here’s the proof!
Here’s Walking for Health’s extensive overview of the mounting research into the life threatening consequences of inactivity, which concludes that walking is the answer.
Supported by Public Health England, this report demonstrates walking is the solution to getting the nation active, and shows how Walking for Health is already changing people’s lives.
Free Health Walks in Plymouth
Walking has been described as the perfect exercise, and we couldn’t agree more!
Start feeling the amazing health benefits that walking can bring and join us for a free community health walk. Click below to view our current health walks schedule.