Michael Mosley has shared how one form of exercise can have multiple benefits for your weight loss journey.
The health expert is a huge advocate of sustainable weight loss which he's written about in his books, including the Fast 800 Diet. His latest bit of advice surrounds the many benefits that daily walking can have.
The doctor said getting your steps in can help your metabolism and mental health as well as your physique. He advised that you should wear sensible shoes with good ankle support, as well as wearing an outfit with removable layers for maximum comfort while walking.
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The doctor says that walking is often "overlooked" as a way to lose weight compared to other different types of exercise, but it can have plenty of impressive effects on your body and mind. And these are all backed up by scientific evidence, as detailed by Michael in one of his articles.
Health benefits of walking
Going out for a walk can be really beneficial to your mental health. Multiple studies have found that doing this every day can reduce your stress and anxiety levels, and by getting out into nature, you should feel more calm and at ease.
By walking faster and for longer distances, you could be extending your lifespan. The University of Sydney carried out a study finding that walking at a brisk pace may reduce the risk of mortality by 20 percent, in comparison to strolling.
As well as combatting anxiety and depression, walking has also been found to improve your overall mood. A 2019 study recognised that the risk of major depression was reduced by 26% as a result of walking for an hour each day, or running for 15 minutes. It can also help to improve feelings of withdrawal and low self-esteem.
Improved Vitamin D levels
One of the best ways to get more Vitamin D is to expose yourself to the sun's rays. A walk in the sun for 10-15 minutes per day, with arms and legs exposed, will place you in a better position to avoid deficiency - just make sure to always wear sunscreen.
Eases joint pain
Movement helps to lubricate the joints, which means you'll be able to move better. And because walking is relatively low impact, starting slow and building up pace is good for increasing your strength. To avoid any sore muscles the next day, always make sure to cool down at the end by walking steadily.
Manages blood sugar
Going for a walk can help your body to use insulin more effectively. It can also help to lower blood sugar levels and minimise the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially if you go for a walk right after eating.
Everyone's body is different when it comes to burning calories and many will have different results. However, there are a lot more calories to be burned when you’re walking, than when you’re sitting down on the sofa.
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