It seems to be everyone’s new favorite pastime: walking. And why not? There’s not much going on with sports, no one can watch Netflix 24-hours per day, most gyms are closed, we’re all staying pretty close to home and Spring is spreading across the nation.
All combined, it’s the perfect time to get outside for a walk. And it’s good for you too.
- Be Safe
First things first. Just because you’re outside enjoying Mother Nature, doesn’t mean you can ignore today’s safety precautions. Social distancing and common sense health precautions apply to your daily stroll as much as it does to any other activity. If you have questions, talk to your doctor before jumping into a walking program.
- Mental and Physical Benefits
Past that, get outside and enjoy yourself. Fresh air will do you good. Take a walk in an area that isn’t crowded. Walking doesn’t involve touching anything or coming in contact with anyone, and is great for your physical health and mental well-being.
- A Wonder Drug
According to the Harvard Medical School, the simple activity of walking has so many powerful health benefits. Done correctly, it can be the key to losing weight, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting your memory, as well as reducing your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more.
Along with other forms of physical activity, it the closest thing we have to a wonder drug. In fact, research has shown that walking can have a bigger impact on various health conditions than just about any other remedy that’s readily available to you. What’s more, it’s free and has practically no negative side effects.
- Twenty Minutes Per Day
Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment-required activity has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep you mentally sharp
- Relieve Stress
Another huge benefit of walking is its impact on your mental health. It can help relieve everyday stresses. Tension starts to ease. Mood-elevating endorphin levels increase. It’s a chance to reflect, relax and recharge…and who doesn’t need that!
So take charge of your weekend. Find your old tennis shoes, throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and head out for a walk. There’s always time to catch another episode of Good Girls or Ozark when you get back. Stay well.