If the explosion of “walked 10,000 steps a day” or “walked 20,000 steps a day” videos on YouTube hasn’t been an obvious clue, the interest in walking has been absolutely on fire. This is well deserved as walking provides an array of outstanding health benefits. Including benefits directly to your vein and vascular health.
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1: Improved Circulation
Improved circulation is a benefit that can’t be understated. Better blood flow is good for the heart, it’s good for the veins, and it’s just good for you, period. While staying at a healthy weight is important, overweight people who walk a lot tend to still be in far better shape than someone of the same weight who does not walk.
The improved circulation strengthens blood flow, which helps prevent the pooling of blood in varicose veins down in the bottom of the legs.
2: Burns Calories (and Fat)
Walking is a low impact way to burn calories. Since walking normally falls underneath the heartbeat rate for cardio, a person who walks enough to burn off any stored sugar in the system will start directly burning fat instead of stored calories. That is a great way to slowly but steadily burn off the spare tire around the gut and walk towards better shape.
All while enjoying better circulation, as well.
3: Great for Hormone Control
Stress is a killer, especially when piled on to a stressed out heart or pain shooting in the body from bad circulation. This can cause a domino effect that has been responsible for heart attacks and other declining health ailments. Many studies have shown that walking is great for reducing Cortisol, the hormone that causes stress and also has the unfortunate side effect of stopping most fat burning in the body.
Walking can drastically reduce Cortisol, help improve a person’s mood by flooding the body with positive hormones, and that combination makes it easier to continue the walking for even more benefits. Hormone control means the body’s systems are working better, which further promotes good internal health.
4: Boosted Immune System Protects the Heart
Walking 30 minutes a day has been shown to have a potentially drastic positive effect on the immune system. This improvement helps protect individuals from illness. When a person is having heart or circulation issues, a sickness that could be a minor inconvenience to someone else could be a serious lingering issue.
Walking helps boost the immune system which further protects the heart. The longer a person can stay healthy without being sidetracked from illness, the more time they have to keep strengthening their circulatory health.
5: Fights Chronic Heart Related Diseases
A study published in the Library of Medicine (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29522861/) is one of many that shows that walking reduces the risk of “metabolic syndrome” issues by over 400%. Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and heart disease are all examples of metabolic syndrome issues.
Walking has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugar level, and lower cholesterol levels. That combination is absolutely fantastic when it comes to improving vascular and vein health in the body.
Those are just some of the fantastic heart benefits that walking brings to the table. Looking for some good walking routes? Check our list of the top walking routes in West Los Angeles, CA for vascular health or contact our vein clinic for more info.