Walking may not be as vigorous as running or other types of exercise, but it provides several benefits that are vital to our health.

Star2 features the top three reasons why people should walk more:

1. Walking reduces the risk of diabetes

Brisk walking every day for 30 minutes may help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research says. Walking can improve the body’s response to insulin, which is responsible for managing the body’s glucose stores.

About 4.5 million adult Malaysians could have diabetes by 2020, the report said.

2. Walking is as good as other forms of exercise

The risk of stroke is reduced when you walk, according to a study that compared women on a regular walking programmed with those who did more rigorous exercise. The findings revealed that the walkers’ heart health was just as fit as their more athletic counterparts.

It appears that the heart is happy just by making your feet more active.

3. Walking reduces stress

Moving around increases the flow of blood to the brain and helps in releasing mood-elevating hormones to the body. Also, being out and about can have a positive impact on mental wellness, according to the feature.

In addition, studies have shown that walking may improve memory.

Now that you know some of the health benefits of walking, your next concern might be the place to walk. According to the Star2 report, walking to and from the office is one way to increase your foot activity.

If you are commuting, you may opt to get off the bus half way and walk to your workplace from there. Or instead of taking the train why not use your two feet?

If you’ve been sitting all day in front of your computer, get up and start walking. This will make you feel much better, the feature says. MIMS