Physical activities do not have to be strenuous or vigorous. It could be as simple as walking. We are all aware of the benefits of walking and it is even more important during the winters. This helps us and our body to fight against common diseases and illnesses that comes with winter. And new research has shown that brisk winter walking is good against a variety of common winter problems and it helps you to get the balance by achieving fitness and health.

However, today we are going to discuss the link between little exercise, moderate exercise, and too much exercise and how it affects the body and help you ward off common winter illnesses.

Walking and Its Various Health Benefits

You must know that you carry your body weight when you are walking and it is also known as the weight bearing exercise. Some of the major health benefits of walking includes:

  • Increased cardio-vascular health
  • Lesser chances of stroke and heart disease
  • Better chances of conditions like high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and other muscle and joint related pain and stiffness.
  • Lesser accumulation of body fat

Exercise and Its Positive and Negative Impact on Health

It is indeed the cumulative effect of exercising that gives your body the long-term immunity to fight against common cold and cough. Some people do high endurance activities or heavy work out. For them, things can go in the opposite direction. It is found from the study that, exercising for a long time, doing high endurance training, or even running a marathon, leaves body vulnerable to common diseases.

The positive and negative effect of exercise in the body is combined with the immune cells and stress levels alongside genetics, poor nutrition level, and lack of sleep to increasing the susceptibility to common infections and cold. It is also observed that the days following a marathon, a person’s susceptibility to cold and infections increases. The chance of developing upper respiratory tract infection is as high as twofold to six-fold.

Research conducted by Mike Gleeson from Loughborough University has taken into account, exercise and its link with upper respiratory tract infections that affect, sinuses, throat, and nose. The diseases mostly include flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, and the common cold. The study has also revealed that people who spend the day mostly lying around are more likely to develop these cold-related issues and infections. On the other hand, people who do moderate exercise and activities like brisk walking or jog will naturally enhance the body’s immunity that will fight off the diseases causing viruses.

So, the body’s response to different exercises varies greatly and also differs from body to body depending on one’s immunity levels. So, if you have been lying around in your house lately without anything to do then, do yourself a favour and start walking. You will be surprised to see the effects of walking on your mind and body.

Walking as A Pleasure

Walking need not be a task for you and you can do a lot of things to make your walking fun and interesting. You can walk your dog or walk with your friends. This will ensure that both your mind and body are aligned with each other and you are enjoying it on a regular basis. You can also pick different streets or neighbourhood for your daily jog. However, no matter what you do, include walking in your daily routine and see your life improve for better.