Are you one of the millions of people who have transitioned to a job where you are now working from home? If so, you may find that you are actually sitting even more than you used to. While you may think that getting up and taking a walk isn’t that helpful, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a surprising number of benefits to just adding 30 minutes of walking to your daily routine.
Taking a break to get outside and walk can drastically reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by increasing your vitamin D intake and creating endocannabinoids, which are biochemicals that help with feeling good. Another benefit of walking is its low impact on muscles and joints, which means you get a break from daily stress without adding stress to the body.
Did you know that walking can actually make you smarter? Sounds unbelievable, right? Walking helps improve your focus, boosts mental clarity, and improves memory. It is also a great way to naturally spur on the increase in energy; in fact, walking can be more effective than having an extra cup of coffee. So if you are feeling that mid-day slump, or fighting fatigue, get on your feet and start moving to increase your oxygen, circulation, and hormones – all of which boost energy levels.
Sitting for long periods of time can create problems with posture, which can lead to other issues like joint pain. By taking frequent breaks and incorporating walks into your day, you can avoid the discomfort that comes with slouching in front of the computer or tv. Start slow and increase your speed while walking. By keeping you balanced, your core muscles are working harder, which means they will continue to strengthen, helping you to naturally sit or stand taller with proper posture.
Want to avoid the cold and flu season? Add a 20-minute walk to your routine. Walking helps boost your immune system, which can help fight off the common cold virus. Risks of more serious conditions like heart attack and stroke can be lowered, as well, by simply walking. Being sedentary has been proven to increase the chances of cardiovascular disease.
As if all these reasons were not enough to get you out, putting your feet on the pavement, there is sleep. Walking can help you fall asleep better and stay asleep longer. Of course, walking may sound like it’s easy, but you will still want to make sure you invest in some good walking shoes to avoid discomfort or pain in your feet.
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