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9 Important Benefits of Taking a Daily Walk

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Exercise is essential for managing stress.  We all agree with that.

But it’s not necessary to train like an Olympic athlete to be healthy and stress-resilient. In fact, too much exercise is actually less healthy.

The maximum health benefits from exercise can be reached with a modest routine. Doing more will make you fitter, but not healthier. You also increase the likelihood of injury.

There are so many benefits of walking as exercise.

Walking is natural activity that almost anyone can do. There are numerous health benefits to be gained from regular, brisk walking. Your overall health, brain, waistline,  and mental health are all enhanced by walking.

Walk your way to good health:

  1. Control blood glucose levels.

    A 15-minute walk after a meal has been shown to lower blood sugar in those with glucose control issues. The risk of type-2 diabetes is lowered by 60% in those that walk daily.

  2. Enhance brain health.

    Walking has been shown to boost grades, memory, and creativity. Who knew you could get smarter, slimmer, and healthier from the simple act of taking a walk?

  3. Walking is a great opportunity to think and make decisions.

    A brisk walk takes you out of your home or office. A change in scenery can clear your mind and provide the mental space necessary to make a wise decision.

  4. Strengthen your heart.

    Even a modest pace is enough to keep your heart in good shape. Walking has been shown to lower levels of bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. Walking is also good for your blood pressure. Walking reduces your risk of heart attacks and stroke. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes.

  1. Control weight.

    A walk won’t undo the ravages of a triple bacon cheeseburger, but it does burn a few calories. More importantly, walking helps to keep your metabolism in shape. Excess calories are dealt with more effectively.  If you want to lose 10 pounds in a month, you’ll need to adjust your eating habits as well.

  2. Walking is cheap and easy.

    Aside from a pair of shoes, and even shoes are optional, you don’t need anything to go for a walk. There’s no complex skill to learn or expensive equipment to purchase. Walking is an option for nearly anyone, regardless of age or current fitness level. It’s easy on your joints and carries a minimal risk of injury.

  3. Lift your mood.

    If you’re feeling a little blue, a short walk can give a needed boost to your morale. Those that walk regularly report having a better mood than those that don’t.

  4. Reduce stress.

    Take walk the next time you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Walking attacks stress in two ways. It can take your mind off your challenges. It also metabolizes the biochemical and neurotransmitters that create the physiological feelings and symptoms of stress.

  5. Increase your lifespan.

    The number of years you can expect to gain from 2.5 hours of walking each week is at least 3-4. Not bad for results from an activity that most people find enjoyable.

New Year’s is right around the corner. Imagine how much you could strengthen your health with a New Year’s resolution to walk for 30 minutes at least four times each week. Let go of your belief that you need to sweat and strain at the gym to be healthy. Exercise can be more comfortable than that.

Add a daily walk to your routine. After dinner is an ideal time. Take the entire family out for a stroll each evening. You’ll all experience the benefits of walking and enjoy the time spent together.

stress-management-activitiesIf you regularly avoid exercise, a simple walking routine can be an effective way to get the exercise you need without the headache of driving to a gym.

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  1. Cindy Maurier says:

    Thanks for the reminders, Darlene! I have a tendency towards excess, so I tend to overdo things a little bit, and this includes exercise. With me it is all or nothing! But it is so good to remind myself that I can do a moderate amount of exercise and still get all of the great benefits, and also keep myself from freaking out if I haven’t done much exercise in awhile and overdoing it and hurting myself. I am going to print these out and stick them up on my fridge as a little extra motivation to get out and walk each day!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Cindy, In everything, balance is the key! So too with exercise. If you overdo it, you may injure yourself. Talking a daily brisk walk for 20-30 minutes on a consistent/regular basis will give you more benefits than walking vigorously for 2 hours once a week. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Greta Moughton says:

    You had me at cheap and easy! Every year I struggle to make room in my budget to get a gym membership and then I hardly ever go. It is just so difficult to carve out the time in my schedule even though I know it is so good for me. I feel like walking just a few times a week will get me the same health benefits and it is definitely something that I can fit in, and better yet, it is free! I never realized that just 2.5 hours of walking each week could extend my lifespan. Thanks for the good news!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Greta, yeah, walking is cheap, easy, AND one of the best stress-busters I know. Walking is easy to fit into your day, you can do the 10-10-10 rule. 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes during lunch, 10 minutes in the evening. I prefer to do 20-30 minutes first thing in the morning, but walking can fit in EVERYONE’s schedule. Best of all, its FREE! 🙂

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