How Daily Walking Can do Wonders for Mental and Physical Health
Never underestimate the benefits of daily walking. We offer up our tips on how to make the habit stick, even if you’re super busy.
With ever-changing fitness trends, finding something that works for you can prove difficult. We’re talking about why simple daily walking is the bedrock to good health.
Let’s get back to basics: a walk a day keeps the doctor away!
It’s not always easy to get our steps in, even though we know it’s good for us. But there are so many life-changing benefits of daily walking that you might not have even considered. For National Walking Day, we discuss some of these benefits, along with our advice on how to make it a life-long habit.
We all know walking can help us manage our weight, but did you know that it can also lower blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and reduce the risk of strokes? Changing up the pace is key: try short bursts of fast walking between longer periods of slower strides.
Improves sleep quality
Do you struggle to get your full eight hours of sleep and always wake up feeling groggy? Heading out for a walk may help. Several sleep studies have shown promising results with regard to both falling asleep and staying asleep.
It’s common knowledge that walking can help ease anxiety and reduce stress. However, it’s also been linked to an increase in creative output. In fact, one Stanford University study demonstrated that walking increased levels of inspired thinking by 60%, on average!
How to make it a habit
All of this sounds great, but how do I commit to doing it? Well, for a start, try redefining the way you think. Instead of, Ugh, I’ve got to get my steps in, think, I’m taking peaceful time out for myself. Make walking work for your routine — even 20 minutes a day can make a difference, and you’ll be less likely to quit if you set smaller goals. Don’t punish yourself if you need to take a day off. Walk with a friend, and mix up your locations to keep it interesting!
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