Walking Sports Health Benefits
So what are the Walking Sports health benefits?
The short answer is numerous. When people engage in Walking Sports you immediately think it’s just about the exercise. True, but Walking Sports can help keep you healthy in many ways. We will take a deep dive in to them today.
People that play Walking Sports attend 2 sessions per week on average. Session normally run for around an hour or so. The NHS in the UK recommend 150 minutes of exercise per week. (Source – Walking For Health) So those 2 sessions go a long way to hitting that target alone.
Benefits Of Walking Sports
- Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness improving your heart and lungs.
- Reduce risk of heart disease and suffering from a stroke.
- Improve management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Help reduce high cholesterol.
- Help manage joint and muscular pain or stiffness.
- Reduce the risk of diabetes type 2
- Help strengthen bones.
- Improve balance, mobility and coordination.
- Increase muscle strength and endurance.
- Leads to reduction in body fat.
- Improved memory and concentration.
Mental Health Benefits
There are multiple psychological and mental health advantages to playing Walking Sports. Players report that they feel higher levels of personal reward & satisfaction. Players also say they do not tend to feel as stressed as they did before playing.
The FA recently conducted a survey. An analysis of the contribution of grassroots football to the nation’s economy and wellbeing which was published in March 2021.
Walking Football participants surveyed report higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction than nonparticipants.
“Attending Walking Football is the only time during the week that I do not have to worry about ageing parents, family problems, work issues and financial strains. It’s my time to go back to the happy me.” – Walking Football participant. Male, 51
If you would like to know more, then this research will be of interest to you: Qualitative investigation of the role of collaborative football and walking football groups in mental health recovery
The Social Benefits
The FA survey identified that by the year 2026, over two million people aged 50 and over will suffer from persistent loneliness. These people are more likely also to suffer from dementia and depression.
Walking sports as mentioned above provides on average 2 hours of social interaction per week.
85% of people surveyed say playing Walking Football has improved their levels of social activity and 42% say it helps them connect with their community.
The result is reduced feelings of isolation and hopelessness for Walking Football players. 75% of players surveyed say walking Football provides them with a sense of belonging and 65% say it provides them with a sense of purpose.
Now you know a little bit more about Walking Sports Health Benefits why not try one out? If you would like to take up a Walking Sport to improve your health and fitness, why not find a club or session by searching our directory here: Walking Sports Near Me