How Your Body Changes When You Walk Every Day, According To Science

According to a 2018 report, walking is the most popular form of exercise in America. Even so, many do not know the benefits of walking every day. You won’t just strengthen your legs; you’ll also boost your immune system, drop weight, and even enhance your brain. When you walk every day, you’ll receive all of these health benefits and more.

Your Risk Of Cancer Will Decrease

If you walk daily, your risk of cancer drops. According to a 2014 study in Acta Oncologica, people who walk five miles every week have a lower risk of breast and colorectal cancer. Another study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology examined people who walked 2.5 to 5 hours each week. Their chances of kidney, liver, colon, endometrial, and blood cancer shrank.

A doctor points at a brain tumor on an MRT scan.
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That said, it is not possible to “walk away” from cancer. But your body can fight off cancer more easily if you get regular exercise, even moderate exercise like walking.