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The Benefits Of Walking

 It’s hot and it might rain later. So why walk? Too often we take the easy way out without thinking of the long term benefits and walking a short distance daily will do more for your health than you can imagine.

You can save 20 minutes by driving to the food court for your chicken rice instead of walking. Indeed, cars are a great boon to us in the area of time saving, but detrimental in the overall health issues. Many fail to realise the numerous benefits we have forsaken by driving instead of walking.

Wait, what benefits could there possibly be when taking a walk in sweltering, sunny Singapore only leaves you all sweaty and stinky?

  1. For one, walking ensures that you stay as fit as a fiddle by keeping obesity at bay. Research revealed that walking two miles a day, three times a week, helps to reduce weight by approximately one pound (about ½ kg)  every three weeks.  Sounds like a great way to stay fit and fab, doesn’t it? So if you want to shed those pounds and stay in shape, be sure to pick up the habit of walking!

  2. Walking is also an accessible way to buff your brain. Walking 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week stimulates production of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a molecule that nurtures the creation of the new neurons and synapses that underlie learning. In neuroimaging studies, scientists have shown that exercise increases grey matter in the region of the hippocampus that processes new knowledge and dispatches it to permanent storage in the frontal cortex. That may not raise IQ-pure intelligence, but stuffing your cortex with more information should make you more knowledgeable. If walking regularly makes learning easier, why not?

  3. Finally, we can reap numerous health benefits from walking. According to researchers of University of South Carolina, walking briskly for just 30 minutes, 5 days a week can significantly lower your risk of suffering a stroke. Moreover, further studies have shown that walking can reduce risk of colon cancer and coronary heart disease.Prevention is better than cure, so start cultivating the habit of walking regularly to keep the whole family in the pink of health!

In a nutshell, a 20 to 30 minute walk daily could do wonders. Make it a point to take regular walks with your child. If you do not have the habit of going to the gym, a walk with your child to and from the nearby store and school can do the trick.

All in all, a strict regimen of walking is bound to add up to a fitter, smarter and healthier you in 2016. So be sure to think twice, the next time you want to drive to a nearby destination. Save yourself the petrol money, the parking headaches and the time stressed in traffic. Don a pair of good walking shoes and take a leisurely stroll instead.

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