Kicking off your sandals and squishing your toes in the sand between each step, breaking out some good boots and striding through a fresh blanket of snow, tossing on your favorite sneakers and hitting the pavement — no matter where you are — a good walk is always worth it.
But people tend to kick walking to the curb as an effective way to improve health. Oh how wrong they are!
Walking has amazing benefits for all areas of health.
For The Mind
Did you know that there are around 85 billion neurons in the brain? That’s like… a lot.
We’d pretty much be puddles of mush without our nifty little brains making sure everything is up and running. So it’s safe to say that we should do everything we can to provide it with as much support as possible.
So what does walking have to do with brain support?
Quite a bit actually! Walking…
- Promotes Good Health
- Boosts Creativity
- Improves Cognitive Function
- Supports Memory and Concentration
- Decreases Brain Fog
- Fights Alezhemiers and Dementia
Be kind to your mind and go on a stroll!
For The Body
Getting some steps in everyday is going to make a world of difference to your physical health as well as mental.
A study done by Harvard Health states “Of over 1,000 men and women researched, those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.”
Walking acts as a security guard to nasty germs trying to sneak past the gate and into your personal space.
Not to mention, walking…
- Helps Maintain Mobility
- Fights Obesity
- Improves Sleep
- Increases Metabolism
- Supports Cardiovascular Health
- Improves Blood Pressure
- Fights Illness and Disease
- Helps Balance and Coordination
- Promotes Stronger Bones and Muscles
Talk about crazy good benefits!
Do you know those little magnets you can put on the door of a dishwasher to let people know if the contents are dirty? Wouldn’t it be nice to have one you can stick to yourself to warn people if you are in a bad mood?
Needless to say you can’t always be in a good mood — but you can find ways to boost how you are feeling.
- Releases Endorphins
- Fights Depression and Anxiety
- Decreases Stress and Fatigue
- Boosts Energy
- Supports Confidence
It’s like taking your first sip of coffee in the morning, or sitting in a little warm ray of sunshine — you’ll feel much better after taking some solid strides.
Walking is one of the easiest (and most effective) exercises for people of all ages.
Grab a friend, a set of headphones, or simply listen to the song of nature. Get up, get outside, and walk! You’ll be doing your body, mind, and mood massive favors.