Walking can be our form of transportation, help us exercise to stay fit, and even help balance our moods and emotions. It's also a great way to enjoy nature or get to know your neighbors! Lastly, walking can help stimulate your lymph for excellent health and a stronger immune system.
Walking is one of the best lymphatic exercises for overall body health, strength and flexibility. It is low impact enough to work well with a cleansing program, and helps your body move out waste and toxins, bring oxygen into the bloodstream and stretch your legs, hips and abdomen muscles all at the same time!
"Moving out waste" simply means it helps your body cleanse and detoxify itself of metabolic as well as external daily toxins that we all come into contact with.
Where's the proof that it moves out waste? A study from Harvard found that regular walking lowers the risk of needing gallstone surgery. Waste must move out of the gall bladder so that stones do not form, and exercise helps this process!
Walking also has been proven to lower the risk of stroke, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes and it helps reduce bad cholesterol in the blood, a major contributor of plaque buildup in the artery walls.
The pumping of the calf muscles while walking is what helps move your lymphatic system. Your lymph carries bacteria and virus fighting white cells throughout your body while, at the same time, collecting waste your body needs to remove.
Your lymph should be moving at all times to ensure all waste keeps moving out. Any slowing of this important circulatory system could lead to weight gain, bloating and more.
Keeping your lymph moving is especially important when cleansing. Here's why...
When using a colon cleansing program, toxins are taken out of storage. They must go to the lymphatic system or the blood so your body can remove them. The lymphatic system does not have a pump of it's own and therefore relies on these muscular contractions to help move waste out.
A steady, brisk walk at least three to six times a week for 30 minutes each session will give you the most benefit. If you live in a high pollution area, you might invest in a treadmill so you're not as exposed to the environmental toxins. Treadmills are also preferable if you live in a noisy or populated city area where walking may not be enjoyable, or if you are short on time and need to stay home.
If you use the chi machine or rebounder you can alternate walking with either of these for variety. For easier weight loss walk in the morning and use a rebounder in the evening. This will help you sleep more soundly as an added benefit!