This much is clear: we must maintain an exercise routine that works for us every day to counteract a sedentary lifestyle. Numerous studies have shown that staying active, at least walk 7,000 to 10,000 steps per daynot only keeps us fit, but also relaxes the mind and reduces the risk of premature death.
The benefits of daily walks are obvious. The question for some is whether there is any way to maximize them. Especially if the time of day affects it. In fact, several scientific studies have been published in recent years that try to solve What time of day is best to exercise or go for a walk?to make the most of the free time that work responsibilities leave us.
In this sense, trainer Jean-Luc Rome, wellness expert at the La Bobadilla Hotel at the Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotel, advises doing a little exercise every day, and in the morning… before breakfast. It indicates that physical activity or walk on an empty stomachprovides “numerous benefits for physical and mental well-being.”
The expert works as a “health expert” in the Sierra de Loja in Granada, an ideal location for any outdoor physical activity. “Walking is essential for any person to achieve physical and mental balance. When combined with a pleasant environment such as forests, mountains, trails or the sea, walking becomes a source of pleasure and a way to increase longevity,” says Rome 20 minutes.
As for doing this exercise on an empty stomach, he says it helps and even “multiplies” benefits of walking. In particular, please include the following:
- Helps improve cardiovascular health
- Strengthens the cardiorespiratory system and saturates the system with oxygen.
- Maintains the necessary balance of our digestive system
- Reduce stress
- Protects us and helps with diseases such as diabetes.
- And, especially, assisted walking can speed up the metabolism and enhance the elimination of fat, since the body does not have enough glucose at night and turns to fat reserves for energy.
However, walk on an empty stomach This is not a prerequisite for receiving these health benefits. And especially without proper consultation with our healthcare professional, who will know our specific circumstances (for example, in the case of nutritional deficiencies, low blood pressure or other pathologies) and how walking without food may affect us.
What is clear is that walking in general, an exercise accessible to everyone, is necessary for the reasons mentioned and many more. For example, because it strengthens bones, muscles and joints. It also improves blood flow.
In addition, it improves sleep quality and mood. On the other hand, it helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and even reduces the risk of certain cancers associated with sedentary lifestyle and obesity.
With all these advantages, it would be absurd not to move. In terms of quantity, it is recommended to start with 30 minutes of walking a day to strengthen your legs. The World Health Organization recommends exercising for at least half an hour a day, although it recommends reaching 10,000 steps a day.
However, there is research that shows that walking even a little less can provide health benefits. A recent study that analyzed data from nearly 227,000 people found that the more you walk, the greater the benefits, but they didn’t set a clear upper limit. In fact, the risk of heart disease began to decrease with just 2,337 steps per day, which could take as little as 25 minutes. You may be interested: 10,000 steps a day has always been a myth, science explains