Walking is apart of many of our daily routines. I walk to my car, I walk into work, and I walk into the grocery store. The question is, am I walking enough? Probably not. Life has been made easy with cars, ATVs, hoverboards etc., that do all of the work for us. Adding a few extra steps in your day can improve not only your physical, but also your emotional health.
Walking Can Improve Your Physical Health By . . .
- Reducing your risk of heart disease and increasing your cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness
- Improve balance and reduce body fat
- Increase bone strength
- Help manage health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and joint stiffness
Walking Can Improve Your Mental Health By . . .
- Decreasing risk of depression and anxiety
- Improve self-esteem
- Improve mood
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce stress
How Long Or Far Should I Walk?
According to health.harvard.edu, it is recommended to brisk walk for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Surely if I can find time to watch a Greys Anatomy episode then I can find time to walk for 30 minutes for 5 days a week. You do notice it says 5 days a week. You can take 2 days off! So how far should you walk in those 30 minutes? Well, brisk walking seems to be the most common recommendation so it just depends on what pace your “brisk walking” is. My brisk walking will be different then my husbands because he is a lot taller then me, hence his steps are bigger then mine. Don’t think to much into it. Just walk at a quick pace and set a timer!
What If I Do Not Have Time To Walk?
I feel you. I do not seem to have time for anything ever and sometimes I don’t necessarily want to make time for it. You can add steps to your day without putting to much effort out. For example, park farther from the door at work or the grocery store. Also, you can take the long away around to your desk or work area. It doesn’t have to be hard to add extra steps in your day, you just have to think about taking longer paths to your destination.