Most of us out there might find ways to procrastinate before hitting the gym and finally cancel the membership after months of unattended sessions. It’s really not an uncommon thing to do. In fact, multiple people might even find it challenging or maybe slightly embarrassing to move a muscle in front of their fit diva-like gym mates.

Although there are lots of ‘you go girl’ type of slogans that read ‘where there is a will there is a way’ and are designed to encourage us through our weight loss and fitness regimes yet there’s always a little no-no lazy bug in our heart the prevents us from doing something fit.

But I guess it’s high time that we realize that there is some time that we need to give to ourselves and dedicate it to self-mental and physical health well-being. Fitness can be tough to achieve within the machine-bound walls of a gym but there is an easy hack too such as walking.

Walking is packed with benefits of exercise but outside the limited boundaries of an exercise rug. It’s the best me-time or partner time too such that it promotes mental well-being along with breaths of fresh air. Moreover, research has proven walk to be a good antidote to work problems by feeding us with enhanced creativity. The best part of all, walk helps you to slowly lose weight. Here are some of the top benefits of walking:

Helps You Shed The Extra Pounds

Ever heard of slow and steady wins the race? Well, that’s the motto that walking follows. Most essentially, weight is lost keeping in mind a person’s weight, calorie intake, and the pace of walking. On average, at a common pace of 4 miles per hour, you can burn about 400 calories per hour.

The science behind this is that regular walks can help to boost the body’s response to insulin that helps to cut belly fat. Ariel Iasevoli, a personal trainer in New York adds that everyday walking is among the most effective low-impact ways to positively change body composition and mobilize fat. He says, “Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is particularly important as we get older.”

Adds To Your Vitamin D Dose

Calcium does not do well without vitamin D and that’s the reason why a lack of vitamin D results in bone deformities. But the best part is that you can easily shower in Vitamin D by soaking it in by simply walking in the sunlight. Of course, you don’t have to be doing that in the middle of the afternoon to end up into a sweat puddle within seconds of just stepping into the sun. But you can always choose to walk in the mornings and evenings.

Uplifts Your Mood

Research is abuzz with all the studies that claim that walking can help to perk up your mood. It works much like chocolates minus the guilty calorie intake. Author of the book The Doctor on Demand Diet, Melina B. Jampolis, MD says “Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,”

Moreover, you can make it a social activity if you want to, by going on walks with a friend, your neighbor, partner or anyone else. There is evidence that walks with a partner help to improve your interaction with them.

A Creative Boost

Walking can also help to spark your creativity in solving your problems. These allow you the peace of mind to think through and come up with possible solutions for any problem that you are stuck with at work or a tricky situation. Research backs up this walk benefit in a study in Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition. By administrating its creative thinking tests, the study found that people who were seated mused less creatively than the walkers.