If you bought your Walkslide to help you lose weight, you’ve definitely made a smart move; shedding excess pounds can be vitally important to your health. But walking does your body good in a variety of other ways as well – and doctors are recommending walking as an intelligent way to help maintain optimal wellness. Let’s take a look at what these experts are saying.
Dr. Andrew Weil is well known for his championing of natural roads to wellness via nutrition, exercises and other best practices. He labels walking “the best exercise” for its ability to provide a low-cost aerobic workout – but he also points out that for best results, you have to push yourself a little. This is easy to do by orienting the Walkslide mini-treadmills to create an “uphill” inclination. Dr. Weil also recommends the use of “poles” so you can get your arms into the act. (You can use your Walkslide’s resistance arms to gain this benefit.)
Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist, believes so strongly in the health benefits of walking that he started going on walks with his patients and even started a nonprofit called Walk with a Doc. He notes that walking can help treat or even prevent up to 40 different diseases, saying that it “does a million things” to support good health.
Dr. Aaron Michelfelder of the Stritch School or Medicine at Loyola University states that the stress-busting benefits of walking are enormous beneficial to people’s health and wellness. He explains that stress hormones accumulate in the body, raising risks for diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease, insomnia and other chronic ailments. Walking, he says, allows your to work off the stress, reducing stress hormones and promoting restful sleep.
The doctors have spoken, so take their advice. If you want to be well – walk!
Aristotle did it. So did Beethoven, Dickens, Thoreau, Kierkegaard and other great thinkers. What did all these geniuses have in common? They all walked regularly, sometimes for long distances, as an essential part of their lives and work. Modern medical science now agrees with their findings: Walking is good for the brain.
It’s no coincidence that so many brilliant creative individuals have made walking part of their routine over the centuries. Studies now indicate that walking improves the brain’s creative brainstorming abilities, a type of cognition called divergent thinking (as opposed to convergent thinking, which is more about focusing on a single best solution to a problem). So if you’re in regularly need of inspiration, set up the Walkslide and get to woolgathering!
Walking in specific directions or patterns can also boost your mathematical savvy. Researchers credit a phenomenon called the “congruency effect.” Turn toward the right, and your brain will do a better job with large numbers and addition; turn toward the left, and small and subtraction suddenly seem easier. The human brain loves patterns – including, apparently, the patterns you pursue on foot.
Last but not least, walking helps the aging brain. A study of 299 senior citizens found that those who walked the most has less brain shrinkage after nine years than those who walked the least. A later evaluation of the same study participants found significantly less dementia and memory trouble among the biggest walkers. This doesn’t necessarily mean that walking can prevent dementia; it might simply delay it – but even that’s more than sufficient reason to do your brain a favor by keeping up your walking habit into your senior years.
Walking is good for entire body, including the gray matter responsible for its operation. So owning a Walkslide is an even smarter move than you thought!