One of the greatest misconceptions in fitness is how much time and money one needs to spend in order to achieve their desired results. Many believe that cutting-edge nutritional products and complex exercise programs will help magically transform their bodies, but neglect the simple benefits of a brief and brisk walk. Only 15 minutes a day of getting up and going out increases the heart rate and burns calories. By building in the habit of walking, almost anyone can improve their life expectancy, save money, and live a longer, healthier, and wealthier life.
Health Benefits of Walking
Research shows that walking improves blood circulation and heart rate. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the most surprising benefits of walking include counteracting weight, promoting genes, curbing cravings, reducing the risk of breast cancer, easing joint pain, and boosting immune function. As such, walking can be used for a variety of purposes – from improving general health to post surgery rehabilitation.
Walking and Post-Op Benefits
After a person undergoes surgery, one of the most crucial components of any rehabilitation program is walking. According to UWHealth, walking promotes blood and oxygen flow, which speed up recovery time. This shows the importance of movement and staying active on a regular basis. Of course, you certainly don’t need to undergo surgery and rehabilitation to reap the rewards of walking. Just walk!
Walking and Communication Methods in Health
Medical professionals often share details on the benefits of walking, but not necessarily on how goals can be met. This is because communicating that someone should follow a guided action (go for a walk a day) is easier than explaining the technical aspects of how long you need to keep your heart rate up or how high it needs to rise. Similarly, HealthyCapital guide and educates people towards their goals in the easiest and most unobtrusive way possible. For example, the program quantifies how individuals can save hundreds of dollars per year in healthcare costs simply by eating better and walking more.
Walk More, Live Longer, Save More
According to the Huffington post (read article) 10,000 steps a day is just a “trendy goal,” but consider this: a person who walks 10,000 steps a day is participating in one hour or more of physical and cardiovascular activity. Though they are using a pre-set goal as an incentive, the benefits of consistent and targeted movement are still measurable.
Getting started with a goal like 10,000 steps or 15 minutes a day is the key to living a better life. If you don’t believe us – and if you don’t believe the experts above – then we challenge you to try it out, starting…TODAY!