Benefits of Walking!
Do you love to take walks, or not so much? Hippocrates says “Walking is man’s best medicine.” It’s excellent for the brain, and one of the healthiest things you can do for your body and mind.
Whether you use a treadmill or go outside in nature, the brain boosting benefits, have been shown to enhance cognitive function.
Walking also increases blood flow to the brain, which promotes a sharper memory and learning.
Are you a couch potato or know someone that is?
If you’re a couch potato, are you aware that prolonged periods of sitting can have detrimental effects on our health, leading to sitting disease?
Sitting disease is when you sit too much and according to chropractor.com “sitting is the new smoking.
An inactive lifestyle is shown to shorten your lifespan, cause hormonal changes, and increase inflammation”.
Research has shown that excessive sitting can contribute to obesity, cardiovascular issues, and musculoskeletal disorders.
It’s crucial to break up long periods of sitting by incorporating short walks into your daily routine.
By keeping your body moving, you not only counteract the risks of sitting disease but also amplify the positive effects of walking.
So, beyond the cognitive benefits, it’s crucial to emphasize the importance of keeping our bodies in motion throughout the day.
Make it a Habit!
Now, let’s say you’re not a regular walker. How does one being the process?
The answer is to start out small…baby steps…
You could start by walking in place at home, and then gradually take short walks to the mailbox. Once you’ve conquered that, set a timer for 5 minutes and take a short walk around your neighborhood. Starting small makes it easier to build the habit.
Gradually increase the time by adding a few minutes each day, until it becomes a habit, and a natural part of your daily life.
Another small step for you to feel successful, is to keep your shoes readily accessible, near the door or conveniently under your desk.
You can also set notifications on your phone or computer, to remind yourself of your daily commitment.
Many people like to go alone and others prefer to partner up with someone for added motivation and enjoyment.
Different Types of Walks!
An intentional walk involves setting a specific objective focusing on a purpose.
If you’re thinking about a problem that needs solving, walking in a tranquil setting provides mental space for reflection and fresh perspectives on worries and challenges. By allowing thoughts to flow freely, you may find solutions or insights that lead to resolution.
Many people like to catch up with their friends or loved ones by walking.
Sharing your experiences and engaging in meaningful conversations while walking can strengthen relationships.
If you’re struggling with a creative block taking a walk can ignite your imagination. By observing your surroundings and letting your mind wander, you could find a flood of creative ideas.
You can also immerse yourself in nature for spiritual connection and grounding. John Muir says “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
Whether it’s finding solutions to a problem, tapping into creativity, or simply connecting with nature, having a clear intention gives your walk a deeper meaning.
By setting a purpose for your walk, you channel your energy towards achieving a goal, making each step more deliberate.
Ways to Prepare for Your Walk!
Investing in the right gear for comfort and protection is essential.
👟 Do your research and find walking shoes that offer proper support and cushioning.
🧢 It’s also important to choose comfortable weather related clothing, sunglasses, and maybe a hat for added sun protection.
🎒 Ensure you’re prepared for your walks by carrying items in a lightweight backpack or small hiking bag.
🧋 Essential items include a water bottle to stay hydrated, your ID, car keys, and if you have asthma, remember to carry your inhaler.
⌚ Use a fitness tracker or a smartphone app to count steps and to monitor progress, and set a step goal and watching your step count each day, is a motivating way to keep up with your walking routine.
Walking is not just a physical activity; it’s a lifestyle transformation that brings numerous benefits to your physical and mental well-being.
Before embarking on your walking journey, it’s crucial to set clear boundaries for yourself.
The best way to do this is to say focused during your walking sessions by minimizing distractions.
Commit to being present, and politely let others know that you’re dedicating this time to your well-being.
Establishing boundaries will help you start your walking routine with a sense of purpose.
As you start your walking journey, take time to notice the beauty of your surroundings, and the joy of moving your body.
Walking is a great way to practice self-care.
By embracing a daily walking habit, you’ll witness the positive impact it has on your health, happiness, and overall quality of life.
“Walking stimulates blood flow and provides oxygen to the brain, which leads to improved functioning and better ability to recall”, according to AmenClinics.com.
So, put on those shoes, and let your walking journey begin!
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