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The Health Benefits of Maximizing Your Walk Time
Can seem to find it in you to run? Walking really does make a difference. It seems like a involuntary function that we preform, almost like blinking or breathing. Walking is like your body moving on autopilot. However, the more we walk the more our health improves.
Ancient Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, once said that walking can help ease the mind. However the calming effects of taking a walk are more than just psychological. While going for a stroll gives you time to relax and sort through the chaos that is your mind, the act of walking helps to relieve stress physically and improve over all health.
A long walk actually constitutes as cardiovascular exercise! Walking for a minimum of 30 minutes helps to strengthen the heart, improve blood pressure, and help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
The more you walk, the more calories and fat you burn. Walking frequently can help you to lose weight as well as regulate weight and metabolism. It also helps with muscle definition by strengthening and toning the leg muscles.
Don’t Cut Corners
Walk as much as you can. Take the stairs, park farther away from the entrance. Do everything in your power to make sure you are walking as much as possible. It’s the easiest way to burn calories, and exercise!
Don’t get me wrong; it doesn’t necessarily matter where you’re walking… as long as you’re doing it. However enjoying the outdoors allows you more time in the sun, which enables you to optimize on vitamin D. This essential nutrient helps to stabilize mood by encouraging the production of serotonin. Walking outdoors can help to ease stress!
Next time you feel like tension or anxiety might be getting in the way of your day, take a walk! It’s good for the body, and good for the soul.