The Health Benefits of Walking


walking in nature

There are many good reasons to go for a walk. Walking forms part of my morning routine and doubles as part of my daily exercise.

Going for a walk can put you well on your way to preventing everything from heart disease and diabetes to high blood pressure, depression, memory problems, and more.

Walking Gets You Outside in The Fresh Air and Sunshine

No matter how fast or slow you walk, walking gets you outside and in the fresh air. This alone will make you feel better as your body absorbs the oxygen and sunshine. Both are important for your health and well-being.


Walking Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight

Walking particularly at a quick pace and doing it regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight.

If you are already in great shape, walking can still provide an effective workout. Walk fast and incorporate some hills and even stairs.


Once you at a level that you want to push a bit further you can consider rucking - very simply, rucking is wearing a backpack (aka ruck) with some weight in it while you go for a walk.

Walking Improves Your Sense of Balance and Coordination

As you walk, particularly when walking over rougher terrain, you are also working on your sense of balance and coordination.


Walking Strengthens Your Bones and Muscles

Even though walking is a low impact form of exercise it helps to strengthen and tone your body.


Walking Will Boost Your Mood and Fight Depression

The exercise of walking releases endorphins that will help lift your mood.


2 tips to prevent injuries when walking


Stand tall. Leaning forward or hunching over makes it more difficult to breathe and can cause backaches. To avoid this problem, extend your spine as if you were being lifted from the crown of your head. Place your thumbs on your lower ribs and your fingertips on your hips. As you stand tall, notice how the distance between your fingers increases.


Look up. Bring your gaze out about 10 to 20 feet in front of you. Looking at your feet puts unnecessary stress on your upper back and neck. You will still be able to see ahead and you’ll prevent upper-body tension.


If you haven’t exercised in a while, or are looking for something easy you can do every single day give walking a try. It’s the perfect low impact way to exercise. It’s easy to do, you don’t need any special equipment and you can start at the fitness level you are at.


Be well,

Ann


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