Hippocrates said, “If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”
There are so many great reasons for adding walking to your routine. Besides being enjoyable and relaxing, it’s good for your overall well-being.
Here are some of the incredible benefits of walking.
Walking Outside Supplies Fresh Air & Sunshine
Walking outside in the fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your mind and body. Negative ions in the fresh air have a calming effect, and sunshine restricts the release of stress hormones and helps you get your daily prescription of Vitamin D. Plus, breathing deeply while walking supplies the bloodstream with oxygen. All of these things work together to make you feel so much better!
Walking Promotes A Trimmer Waistline
Maintaining a quick pace while walking burns more calories than a leisurely walk and helps maintain a healthy weight. Monitor how many calories you consume because walking doesn’t burn as many calories as strenuous activities, and you must adhere to a nutritious diet. Still, walking is a great tool to drop a few pounds and have a trimmer waistline.
Walking is a great place to start for the person with a lot of weight to lose because they will burn more calories due to the extra weight. It’s also easier on the joints. As the pounds melt away, strength and endurance increase, allowing for longer, further, and faster walks.
Walking Improves Balance & Coordination
Walking helps with balance and coordination, especially over rough terrain. However, you can turn your head to the right and left as you walk for a count of 30 and up and down for a count of 30 to improve your sense of balance without the potential hazards of rough terrain. You don’t have to do these exercises the whole time you’re walking to benefit; once or twice during the walk will enhance balance and coordination.
Walking Strengthens Bones & Muscles
Although walking is a low-impact activity, it helps to strengthen and tone your body. If you’re just starting to add physical activity to your routine, then simply begin with walking to get in better shape. But as you become fitter and more conditioned, you might consider adding resistance training to your daily walks, whether with weights or exercise bands, to continue growing stronger muscles and bones.
Walking Boosts Mood and Reduces Symptoms of Depression
Walking releases endorphins that brighten mood and can even ease depression. So, grab your sneakers and take a short walk the next time you feel down.
Our bodies were designed for walking. Although walking might not be your only choice of physical exercise for getting in shape and staying fit, it’s an amazing activity for improving and boosting overall well-being.
As long as the weather cooperates and you’ve found a safe place to walk, walking has hardly any downsides.
Why not give walking a try? Pick a day this week to enjoy a five or ten-minute walk outside to feel calmer, happier, and more optimistic. All of which will help you to unlock your best life!