6 Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get a quick workout in when you’re short on time. Walking can be underrated but it has so many benefits! Here are 6 benefits of walking.

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Stress Release

Put your headphones on and bliss out during a walk. Listen to whatever makes you happy whether that’s a playlist that makes you feel like you’re in a movie, a walking meditation or an audiobook. Walking is an instant mood booster!

May Improve Heart Health

Regular walking could help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can wreak havoc on our health. It can lead to heart disease and strokes. Regular waking can decrease blood pressure levels.

Improved Cognitive Health

Walking is such a simple way to help improve memory, alertness and lessen risks for dementia. Walking may even decrease the decline of cognitive functions in those with Alzheimer’s.

Could Improve Cold & Flu Symptoms

Need a reason to get out of the house during winter months? Well this is it, walking can strengthen the immune system which aids in fighting off the cold & flu. So bundle up and get moving because to avoid or lessen those pesky cold and flu virus symptoms.

Get those Creative Juices Flowing

There’s newer research supporting the idea that regular walking can spark creativity. In a slump and need to get those creative juices flowing, get your sneakers on and get walking!

FYI I got the idea for this post while on a walk!

How Much Should You Walk Everyday?

So now we know the benefits of walking but how much should we be walking everyday? Is 10,000 steps the goal like our fitness watches want us to think?

Maybe not. How many steps we should be taking a day depends on many factors like age, sex and disabilities. The 10,000 steps goal dates back to Japanese walking clubs marketing in the 1960s and it’s not a one size fits all. At least 7,000 steps for a healthy adult is a good goal and work up from there if you can. For preschoolers aim to get them moving at least 6,000 steps and for adolescents at least 9,000.

Just get out there and walk! You don’t need any fancy footwear or even matching activewear. Short on time? That’s ok take a five minute walk in the morning, walk a few laps around your office in between calls, take the long way to the bathroom, walk a few laps around your kitchen before bed, park further away from the store entrance, walk while on a conference call that could really could have been an email. You get the idea!


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