By Promita Mukherjee
So you have a hectic schedule and have no time to go to the gym or do outdoorsy exercises? Or is the membership to the fancy gym prohibitively expensive? Why not just get up and walk? You don’t need any equipment or a designated place to walk. Just put on a pair of good trainers and get off your couch! Here are a few reasons why brisk walking will be good for you if you are trying to lose weight:
Brisk walking is more effective than a regular slow-paced walk. A study by researchers from the University of Virginia found that women who did three shorter, fast-paced walks a week (plus two longer, moderate-paced ones) lost five times more belly fat than those who simply strolled at a moderate speed five days a week.
Increases metabolic rate
Walking at a faster speed tricks your body into dipping into your fat stores for energy. In the process, you build muscles and raise your basal metabolic rate which helps you burn more calories throughout the day even when you aren’t exercising.
Good for the heart
Brisk walking is good cardio and lowers the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol), increasing the levels of HDL which is good for the heart. According to The Stroke Association, a brisk 30-minute walk daily helps control high blood pressure and reduces the chances of stroke by 27 per cent.
Tones your legs, glutes and tummy
Walking tones your calves, quads and hamstrings and lifts the glutes. If you walk at an incline, it is all the more effective. Maintain a good posture while walking as that will help tone the abs and waist as well.
A study by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that brisk walking for 40 minutes thrice a week could increase the volume of the hippocampus by two per cent. Walking will also slow down dwindling of mental skills associated with old age.
Source: Femina | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide