Ever since chimpanzees evolved into men, walking has been synonymous with Homo sapiens. However, in the 21st century, we are caught up in the cut-throat competition of life. Coupled with our desk jobs and busy schedules, we hardly ever have the time for walking. However, walking provides exquisite benefits that are forever. When we walk, the heart rate increases, corresponding to an increase in cardiac output, delivering more oxygen to the muscles. Walking can be the solution to a host of our problems if we only let it.
It improves blood circulation as well. Here’s how:
This is a term describing a condition when you have increased physical activity, but reduced blood circulation, causing pain in the legs. When you exercise, the busy demands an increased amount of oxygen. But for that, your arteries need to expand and accommodate the extra oxygen. It has been found that walking increases the ability of your arteries to absorb extra oxygen and potentially reverse claudication.
- Endurance levels boost
Walking regularly causes more production of nitric acid. When more nitric acid is produced, the blood vessels are dilated and the circulation is improved by leaps and bounds.
Atherosclerosis is defined as clogging of the arteries, leading to poor and impaired blood circulation. Regular walking leads to de-clogging of the circulatory system and improves circulation.
People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have narrowed peripheral arteries that hinder blood circulation and movement. Regular walking has been proved to be able to reverse PAD, with associated improvement in the ability to move.
A good benefit of walking is improved digestion. In aged people, and among a high proportion of middle-aged persons as well, indigestion is a recurring problem. Regular walking improves circulation, which can, in turn, improve your digestive problems.
- Foot impact
When you walk, the foot’s impact on the ground creates waves, that send signals to your brain. The signal tells the brain to increase blood flow. This stimulates the blood circulation and gives your muscles and heart a boost as well.
Regular walking impacts your circulation in a positive way. It frees up clogged airways and arteries and improves blood circulation amply. Regular walking is a great way to keep you healthy and fit and is a superb way to rid yourself of problems like indigestion and gas. So did you have your quota of walking today?