Go for a walk!

Posted on in Fitness, Healthy Lifestyle by Dr. John Kim

walk on path through trees

Get outside and get moving!

Did you know that walking can help boost your immune system?

A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less.

Not to mention, walking is an awesome way to stimulate your brain, increase blood flow, reduce stress hormones, and reduce mortality risk.

Pro-tip: Go for a nature walk.

A group of researchers in Japan compared walking in urban vs natural environments and found a significant increase in benefits including:

  • Increased white blood cell count.
  • Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Significant reduction in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

All that after only a 20-minute walk!

The only wrinkle, of course, are the restrictions to parks and greenspace that are currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, one area that you are still able to go for a nature walk is the trail around the Mill Pond but please, just remember to keep your distance.

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with lots of trees, or paths for walking, then get outside and get moving! Take advantage of any exposure to nature you can, keeping in mind proper social distancing measures while you do so.

How often do you walk outside?

Do you have any favourite areas to go for a nature walk? Let us know in the comments!

P.S. Please feel free to share these tips with anyone you feel might benefit right now.

 

References

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003132112.htm

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Dr. Kim was born and raised in Toronto and attended high school at St. Michael’s College School. Later, he attended McMaster University and received a Bachelor of Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement. After university, Dr. Kim decided to enroll at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, in the United States. After graduating in 2002, Dr. Kim remained in the United States working alongside highly respected Chiropractors in the Chicago area. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Kim established Kim Family Chiropractic in Milton, Ontario

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