14 Healthy Benefits of Walking
provided by the BIDMC Walking Club
Regular exercise is important to maintain good overall health. Whether you’ve had bariatric surgery or are just looking to shape up a bit, walking can help get you there.
Walking is an easy exercise that doesn’t require any equipment other than a good pair of sneakers. As you find ways to move more on your own or with a pal, keep in mind all the ways you’re helping yourself stay on a path to good and better health.
- Helps control weight.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
- Helps older adults become stronger, improve balance and better able to move about without falling.
- Promotes psychological well-being.
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
- Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
- Improves brain function.
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Helps lower blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
- Lowers both total cholesterol and triglycerides and increases high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or "good" cholesterol.
- Helps women have healthy pregnancies.
Note: Those who have serious health issues should check with their doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Above content provided by Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care and before starting any exercise program, consult your doctor.