How long do you sit down each day? Between work, meals, television and computer time, you probably do so longer than you realize. Sitting for long periods of time can cause several health problems, including slowed metabolism, spine problems, low energy and even a risk of developing blood clots in the legs that could break loose and travel to the heart, brain or lungs. Lacing up your walking shoes and stepping outside for at least 30 minutes per day helps to prevent these issues and a number of other problems.
Walking Prevents Muscle Atrophy
Long periods of inactivity can cause your glutes and other legs in the lower half of your body to weaken and even atrophy. These muscles are required to carry the weight of the top half of your body and weak ones can cause back pain or other issues. By going for a walk of at least 30 minutes each day, you can prevent your muscles from becoming inactive.
Walking Improves Blood Circulation
Daily walks have proven to have several benefits for the heart. Walking elevates the heart rate, which helps to fortify it and combats heart disease. A study conducted by Harvard’s School of Public Health found that people who walk at least 30 minutes per day can decrease their risk of stroke by about 20 percent. People who walk at a brisk pace reduce their odds by an additional 20 percent. If you cannot keep up a fast pace for your entire walk, try alternating between speed walking and walking at your normal pace.