Walking for 30 minutes every day can improve your health in more ways

Not only is walking a fantastic, low-impact form of cardiovascular exercise, it can significantly improve your mental and emotional health

Perhaps it's too easy, too common, too enjoyable, or too relaxing to be considered a serious form of exercise

The challenge, however, is making walking (or consistent movement in general) a regular part of your daily routine

Walking 30 minutes or more each day can actually lower the risk of heart disease, reducing the risk of stroke by a whopping 35 percent

Walking releases endorphins, a feel-good chemical in the body that promotes a state of pleasure like laughter and love

Walking at a brisk pace for just 2.5 hours per week was associated with a significantly lower risk of depression, compared with adults who don't exercise

Shinkle says walking can play a huge role in reducing the development and progression of osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis that affects the joints