My mother is an avid walker. She walks and hikes to cope with any mood, and it is our family’s way of spending time together. When facing a tough decision, stress, or celebrating; my family walks. Walking is our way of staying well, focusing on our mental health, and nurturing each other. It is no surprise that walking is one of my favorite past times and has taught me much about mindfulness and wellness. A way of communicating and releasing stress; I ask friends and loved ones to walk with me as a group activity. Stress reduction is just one of the many benefits of regular walking.
In honor of National Walking Day, which is always the first Wednesday in April, below is a list of just a few of the many benefits of walking.
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
If you’re not sure when you will get a chance to walk during your busy day:
- Take the dog out for a stroll through the neighborhood.
- Spend quality time with the family at the park.
- Park farther from your workplace and use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Window shop at the mall.
- Take time to go on a small walk during your lunch break at work.
- The options are endless!
Benefits and Tips: American Heart Association