Walk This Way: The Health Benefits of Walking

Happy young family spending time together outside in green nature.

Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s easy, free, and good for your body and your mind! So, take advantage of the summer weather, lace up your sneakers, and head out for a walk.

Walking 30 minutes a day:

  • just 4 days a week can reduce risk of diabetes by nearly 60%,
  • can burn 7 lbs of body fat a year,
  • can drop systolic blood pressure by 6 points, and
  • can reduce risk of heart disease by 50% and lower cholesterol.

Walking dramatically increases cancer survival rates — by 50% in women with breast cancer and 50% in patients with prostate cancer.

Walk yourself into a better mood: Studies show that even a 10-minute walk lowers cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone), immediately improves your mood, and makes you feel happier.