You can do it anytime, anywhere … the benefits of walking
Walking is the most convenient form of exercise there is. You don’t need any equipment and you can do it anytime, anywhere.
With the weather getting better and heading into spring, I thought I would dedicate some time to this simple yet incredibly beneficial form of exercise. It’s the easiest way to kick start an exercise routine and even as little as 20 minutes a day can provide health benefits. There is plenty of research that proves walking can add years to your life.
Working in an office all day deprives me of two things: fresh air and movement. Sitting at a desk is not good for the body and as I mentioned in a previous blog, it actually accelerates aging. So I committed to making the time to go for a walk outdoors as often as I can. It’s an easy form of exercise yet we often underestimate the benefits.
The Benefits of Walking
The benefits are too numerous to list but here are just a few. A simple 20 to 30 minute walk every day can:
- improve your heart health
- can help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism
- can reduce blood pressure and prevent shortness of breath
- reduce the risk of cancers and diabetes
- helps with vitamin D production
- strengthen bones and improve muscle and circulation
- boost immunity and uplifts mood
- improve memory, increase creativity and productivity
Also, you can take it up a notch by strapping on a pair of ankle weights.
Motivate yourself to get walking
The hardest part of any exercise routine is to make the commitment to start. Walking is a great way to meet people. There are plenty of walking groups you can join to expand your social circle and get the health benefits at the same time. Meetup.com is one of the sites that can help you find groups in your area. http://www.meet-up.com
If you’re a dog lover, consider getting a dog as there is no better way to get walking – you’ll have no choice!