10 reasons why you should be taking a daily walk (or two)Apr 26, 2023
This article we read in the Washington Post last year poses an interesting question:
Are you an active couch potato?
"Despite your commitment to exercise, you could be at risk for a variety of health problems, according to a sweeping new study of how people move — or don’t move — throughout the day," the Post read.
Nearly 4,000 people's daily movement habits were examined with an accelerometer on the hip. The study found that, even among people who exercised daily, a HUGE percentage spent up to 12 hours a day sitting, near consecutively.
This group of people had significantly higher cholesterols, blood sugars, and body fat percentages.
So, let us ask you one more time—
Are you an active couch potato?
- You get your exercise in for the day, and take your much-deserved rest time... But then "rest time" turns into an all-night veg
- You're on your feet all day at work... But the second your foot's through the door at home, you're in front of the TV and horizontal
Feeling a little called out right now? 🙈 It might be time to bump up one super simple habit that can keep that high cholesterol and blood sugar at bay... Not to mention help you sleep, boost your mental health, and entertain your dog.
You heard us.
Take a daily walk. Maybe two!
Hit the neighborhood with your pup and he'll thank you too. This daily habit is especially effective shortly after your meals, but you should aim to be consistent with your routine for the quickest habit-forming— so do it any time of day that works for you.
Just 10 minutes is enough to reap the rewards, but you can stretch the length of your walk a little each day, if you feel comfortable.
Here are 10 reasons why going for a walk every day is a great idea:
- Improved physical health: Walking is a low-impact exercise that can improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen your bones and muscles, and help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Better mental health: Walking can also be great for your mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, and boosting mood and self-esteem.
- Increased energy levels: Regular walking can help you feel more energized throughout the day by improving blood flow and oxygenation.
- Better sleep: Walking can help regulate your body's sleep-wake cycle and improve the quality of your sleep.
- Boosted creativity: Walking can also help stimulate your brain and improve your creativity, making it a great activity for artists, writers, and other creatives.
- Socialization: Walking with a friend or in a group can be a great way to socialize and connect with others.
- Improved digestion: Walking after a meal can aid in digestion and reduce bloating and other digestive issues.
- Reduced risk of chronic disease: Regular walking can lower your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
- Increased lifespan: Studies have shown that regular walking can increase lifespan, with even just 30 minutes a day making a significant impact.
- Cost-effective and accessible: Walking requires no special equipment or gym membership, making it a cost-effective and accessible form of exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Who wouldn't want all of that?
Go on. Get moving.