Go for a walk!

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.

nature walk sunshine trees for health and fitness

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!

Walking every day offers a multitude of health benefits for both physical and mental well-being.
Here are 10 benefits you can gain by taking daily walks:

Cardiovascular Health

Regular walking helps improve cardiovascular fitness by increasing heart rate and circulation, reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Improved Fitness Levels

Walking can aid in weight maintenance or loss by burning calories and boosting metabolism. It’s a low-impact exercise suitable for people of various fitness levels. Walking also engages various muscle groups, including the legs, buttocks, and core, helping to strengthen and tone these areas.

Joint Health

Unlike high-impact activities, walking is gentle on the joints, making it an ideal exercise for those with joint issues or arthritis. It can help improve joint flexibility and reduce pain.

Improved Mood

Physical activity, including walking, triggers the release of endorphins, which can elevate mood and reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Enhanced Cognitive Function

Walking has been linked to improved cognitive function and memory. It may also help reduce the risk of cognitive decline and conditions like dementia.

Better Sleep

Regular physical activity, including walking, can contribute to better sleep quality. It helps regulate sleep patterns and promotes relaxation.

Boosted Immune System

Moderate exercise, such as walking, has been associated with a strengthened immune system, reducing the likelihood of illness.

Increased Energy Levels

Engaging in a daily walking routine can boost overall energy levels by enhancing circulation and oxygenating the body.

Social Connection

Walking is a simple and social activity that can be done with friends, family, or pets. This can contribute to a sense of community and overall well-being.

Long-Term Health Benefits

Consistent walking has been linked to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and osteoporosis.

Incorporating a daily walk into your routine, even if it’s just for a short duration, can contribute significantly to your overall health and well-being.

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. When you walk outdoors, you can increase your absorption of Vitamin D, which has a number of health benefits of its’ own. There are so many great places for a short nature walk in Milton. One of our favourites is the trail around the Mill Pond. In bad weather, the Milton Velodrome has a great walking track with scenic views.

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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