5 Ways Walking Benefits You

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Boosts immunity

Regular walking boosts immune function, causing your body to produce antibodies and white blood cells. This can reduce your risk of getting sick, minimizing symptoms and improving your recovery.

Lowers anxiety and depression

Research shows walking also reduces stress and helps you maintain a positive mood. It can even help you deal with seasonal depression, according to David Jampolis, MD, a psychologist in Boston who has studied walking and its effects on the nervous system.

Improves mobility and flexibility

Studies have shown that walking can increase your range of motion and strengthen the muscles around your joints. This is especially helpful for those who have arthritis, says Dr. James Robinson, a sports medicine doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

It builds strength in the legs

Walking can strengthen the muscles in your legs, particularly the glutes and quads. To get the most out of your walk, find a route that includes hills or stairs and trade off with other resistance exercises, such as squats or lunges.

Boosts creativity

When you’re on the move, your brain may be able to clear its mind and be more creative. This is especially true when you’re outdoors, a new study suggests.

Boosts productivity

Regular walking improves overall health and productivity, especially if you’re a busy professional. It also boosts your mood and creativity. Plus, it can make you feel better and boost your confidence in achieving your goals.