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Top 10 Health Benefits of Walking Daily For Chronically Stressed Women

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There are a LOT of things you can do to exercise, but I want to share 10 health benefits of walking daily!

Are you feeling down, constipated, or overweight?

Is your blood pressure or blood sugar a little high?

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

The solution might be as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day.

And that’s just the top of the iceberg.  Read on to discover 10 health benefits of walking.

A walk might seem like child’s play compared to running a marathon or competing in crossfit.  But don’t underestimate it.

A walk can be a very healthy alternative if you lack the time or interest in exercising intensely.10 health benefits of walking

Humans were built for walking, and some health experts believe that the chair was the worst invention ever created.

I tend to agree!

You can do a lot to enhance your health and happiness by taking a walk every day.  In fact, I can quickly mention 10 health benefits of walking.

Enjoy these 10 health benefits of walking daily!

  1. You’ll feel better. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, and stressed, a walk is a simple way to fill that get rid of that feeling. Getting out of the house and breathing a little fresh air is bound to enhance your mood and outlook on life.
  2. Walking is good for your bones. Hip fractures are reduced in postmenopausal women that walk for at least 30 minutes each day.
  3. You can expect to sleep better if you walk regularly. Those that walk report a lower incidence of insomnia. If you’re having stress-related sleep deprivation, the solution might be as simple as a daily walk.
  4. Your risk of chronic stress-related disease is lower if you walk each day. Studies have found that your risk of developing diabetes, stress-related heart problems, or suffering from a stroke are reduced significantly. Thirty minutes of walking is all you need each day to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. A stroll can also lower your blood pressure.
  5. Walking increases the motility of your bowels. If you suffer from constipation, a walk can work wonders for your issue.  (Trust me, a good walk combined with several glasses of water WORKS!)

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  6. You are developing a good habit. Walking can be a positive addition to your anti-stress routine. The most successful people have routines. You will have LESS stress and MORE success if you can maintain positive anti-stress routines in your life.
  7. You’re likely to lose weight. If you increase your physical activity AND reduce emotional eating, you can expect to drop a few pounds. Even if you don’t lose weight, you may experience a shift in your weight that allows your tight clothing to fit much more comfortably.
  8. Walking is good for your brain. Midlifers and older seniors that walk daily have 50% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia.
  9. Your creativity will increase. More than one study has demonstrated that going for a walk boosts creativity. Those that walk are more creative than those that sit. Having a challenge at work or at home? You’re more likely to find the solution during a nice, long walk.
  10. You’ll live longer. Women who spend more time on their feet live longer than couch potatoes. Get up on your feet and go for a walk if you want to extend your life. A daily walk adds 3-7 years of life!!

Walking is free, low-impact, and simple to do.

There’s no new skill to learn and no equipment to purchase.

Unlike many other forms of exercise, anyone and everyone can walk, including those with weight issues and those with no athletic ability whatsoever.  For those with joint problems, walking in a pool is an excellent option!

For everyone else, just put on your shoes and get out the door.

Think about these 10 healthy benefits of walking mentioned above.

Going for a walk can do a lot more for your health and outlook on life than a gym membership that you seldom use.

It’s much less expensive, too.

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  1. I used to walk 4 1/2 miles a day pushing a double stroller and I loved it. Haven’t done it in years but I think I need to make it my plan to start again this spring. No stroller at this point but I still think I’ll love all the benefits of walking the neighborhood.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      That’s awesome Karen. Walking 4.5 miles pushing a double stroller is impressive. I see a neighbor of mine walking/jogging by my house several times a week pushing a stroller with her baby in it! I am not sure if she does 4+ miles like you did, but even one mile is great! The benefits of walking are well worth it!

  2. I love walking and want my husband to join me. I don’t know why it doesn’t feel like “real exercise?” But you’ve convinced me otherwise!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      That would be fantastic of your husband joins you Cathy! What if you make it a “together thing”? Walking could be a great opportunity to spend some time together side-by-side. Joining each other on a nightly walk would be brilliant. Post dinner may be an ideal time. Having a common interest and common goal can bring a relationship even closer together.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Great Michelle. So now…get on your shoes, head outside and start walking! 🙂

  3. Great reasons Darlene! Walking is tough on me so I bike everyday for 30 minutes and although it can be cold and wet I do feel better. When I first moved to cloudy, overcast Portland Oregon a neighbor told me to be sure to go outside everyday to lift the spirits and she was right!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Biking everyday for 30 minutes would be tough on me! 🙂 The key is really to find what works for you. Your neighbor is 100% right. Getting outside really lifts the spirits…whether you bike or you walk…they key is to get outdoors for some physical activity and let mother nature do the rest! Thanks for sharing Haralee!

  4. Agreed! I walked 6 days a week with a friend this summer. She’s a public school employee and had the summer off. I could walk on the track until the temps increase. (It’s 7 degrees today.) I always feel better after I take a nice, long walk. Thanks for the reminder and the list of benefits.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Walking six days a week with a friends is superb Karen. There’s no doubt that I ALWAYS feel better after a good walk. I can’t think of a better way to start my day. Add to that the list of health benefits of walking and it’s really a no-brainer! Great idea to walk on the track until the temps increase!

  5. Darlene, I’m a walker and usually walk with my husband 7 days a week. We love all the benefits plus it’s our favorite time of the day to connect.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Nancy, that is truly wonderful that you walk 7 days a a week with your husband and enjoy all the health benefits of walking together…PLUS the emotional and relationship benefits too. Walking together is a great way to connect and build a stronger, stress-resilient relationship together…one step (literally) at a time!

  6. Great post!!! Walking has been a life saver for me. Walking is apart of my life now and it has helped my health tremendously. I have been walking every morning except Sundays for years and years now. It makes all the difference in how I feel.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Good for you Linda! That’s awesome that you have been walking every morning ( except Sundays) for years and years. That means that you have been reaping all the health benefits of walking for years and years! You are a great example and a true inspiration for all of us. Thanks so much for sharing.

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