Walking is a man’s best medicine. Hippocrates
The benefit of Walking.
1. Walking fights dementia.
Researchers in Canada have discovered a link between cognitive brain function and low levels of aerobic activity in patients suffering from dementia.
Groups of adults with Vascular Dementia, who were monitored for 6 months, showed an improvement in their brain activity when they took regular brisk walks of 3 hours a week.
Regular exercise reduces your risk of diabetes and improves control in patients suffering with diabetes. This in turn reduces the risk of developing vascular dementia.
2. Can reduce your risk of dying of cancer.
Two recent studies presented by at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, suggested that walking can be effective in the battle against Cancer.
One study over an 8 year period, showed that women who walked for 180 minutes a week after been diagnosed with breast cancer, were roughly half as likely to die from the disease as those who didn’t. A second study showed similar findings in people with bowel cancer.
3. It helps your heart.
An analysis of studies carried out between 1970 and 2007, showed that regular walking reduced the likelihood of Cardiovascular events (angina, heart attack. stroke) by 31%
According to one study of 334,000 people by researchers at the University of Cambridge, just 20 minutes a day cuts your risk of premature heart disease by a third.
Yet Public Health England (PHE) has found that four in ten middle aged adults – six million Britons are failing to manage even one brisk 10-minute walks a month, increasing their risk of developing potentially fatal illnesses.
One brisk walk a day is enough to cut the risk of early death by as much as 15%.
According to the Stroke Association, a 30 minute daily walk reduced your risk of a stroke by 27%.
The reason for these benefits, regular exercise helps to lower blood pressure.
4. It improves your mood.
When you exercise your body releases endorphins, natural feel good chemicals. The endorphins reduce your perception of pain, increase your immunity and help you relax.
Exercise also suppresses the hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, that cause stress and increase anxiety.
Walking therefore is an effective tool against improving depression.
Building a regular walk into your daily routine is difficult to contemplate when the weather is cold and the it’s dark at 4pm.
To help me to walk regularly, I am planning to walk 127 miles along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, in March this year. I have set up a just giving page to raise money for Thrombosis UK .
For anyone who is kind enough to sponsor me, my page can be found at Just Giving
Also on the 10th August, I will be joining a team to attempt The Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge.