The Health Benefits of Walking

Getting up in the morning can sometimes be an agonizing affair, your joints hurt, you feel drained and above all, you don’t feel like going to work. When you finally get to work, you sit behind a desk all day and waste away the hours on your bum.

After work, you drive home and crash on the couch. You didn’t do anything that was physically demanding, but you still feel as if you ran a marathon. This is your body telling you that you need to get some exercise. Running seems way out of the question, but nothing stops you from taking a quick walk.

Why walk?

Your body needs regular exercise to keep your muscles in good condition, your joints and ligaments need some resistance to strengthen again, otherwise, they will deteriorate. If there is no external stimulus, you lose mobility.

It is like a car without oil, without it, everything will seize and you could break your car. Your muscles and joints are the same. Walking is like adding lubricants to the moving parts in your body.

The air out there

Being stuck in an office and your apartment all day is no good for the air that you take in. You need some fresh air. When you walk, you increase your heart rate just enough to breath in more deeply. Your whole body becomes oxygenated and you’ll feel revitalized.

More than that, you will get some natural sunlight which your body craves. This will also stave off the winter blues as your body releases endorphins that is your body’s natural feel-good drug.

Taking someone with you

We are social beings and no matter how much of an introvert you are, we need to communicate with other people. Putting on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and going for a walk with someone is a great way to stay connected and share your feelings.

This is the time where you can literally air your frustrations at work and vent a bit. You’ll be surprised at how good you feel after a chatty walkabout.

Getting unstuck

Many of us have experienced times where we can’t seem to get new ideas, it is as if the creative side in our minds have shut down. Research has shown that going for walks could activate that part of the brain and spark new ideas.

The fresh air, the sunlight and change in surroundings gets your mind to start firing those synapses and before you know it, you could have that lightbulb moment that you have been searching for.

Shed some pounds

Our bodies are amazing in how they adapt to different situations. When you go for regular walks, your body picks up that you are using a bit more energy and as a result, it releases more energy.

The scale might not say that you are shedding the pounds, but your body’s response to insulin greatly improves and the fat is replaced with a bit of muscle. Before you know it, your body will crave a bit more exercise and you’ll start to feel the need to do a bit more.

Conclusion

Life has become so busy and the demands at work seem to keep us from doing the natural thing and that is move. The sooner you get your walking shoes on and start to move, the sooner you will start to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. It boils down to a choice and you will get out of your slump. Once you start walking, you’ll never want to return to your old way of doing things.

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