Walking is great for the circulatory system – oxygenating our blood and boosting blood flow by enlarging blood vessels. Walking also helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis by using the deeper calf muscle, which assists blood flow back to the heart. “This is especially beneficial for women on the contraceptive pill, which has been shown to elevate the risk of blood clots,” says exercise physiologist Sonia Glanville.
Heart Becomes Healthier
Walking is one of the easiest ways to protect your heart. Studies have found that brisk walking is as good as running for lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes risk – the three factors in the development of heart disease. Walking for at least 30 minutes each day at a pace of 4 km per hour reduces heart disease risk by 30 per cent.
Breathing Is Easier
Walking increases your breathing rate, which means you take in more oxygen and strengthen your respiratory muscles. “It’s beneficial for those with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as long as you walk indoors on high pollution days where air quality is poor, says Sonia.
Text: Good Health, Bauer Syndication / Additional Reporting: Zarelda Marie Goh