How Several Mini Walks A Day Can Change Your Life
I don’t go to the gym and am pretty open about that. When I tell people that, they always ask, “So how do you stay so slender?!” (And, yes, it does make me blush—so what?) I’m not going to lie and say that I heat junk food all day and live a stationary lifestyle. That just isn’t true, and would be an irresponsible lie. I’ve always been big on walking. I go for three to four 15 or 20-minute walks a day. I can’t be without my walks. If life gets really hectic and I skip my strolls, I feel the negative effects quickly. If the boring old gym routine of pounding away on a treadmill has been getting you down, or you’ve just been looking for a new way to spend your lunch breaks, I can’t recommends taking up more walking enough. Here are ways taking several mini walks a day can change your life.
You’ll clear your head
Have you ever noticed that, after going for a walk, you see things more clearly? Maybe that issue you’ve been mulling over for days seems much easier to tackle. Maybe you come up with a more diplomatic way to address that issue with a coworker (you know, the one you were just going to yell at). Walking has a way of removing the cobwebs from our minds, dispersing frustration and anger, and helping us see things clearly.
You’ll get creative
When you start walking, you may find more creative ideas popping into your mind. That’s because when you walk, you gain access to parts of your brain that you simply don’t when you’re sitting down. Walking also means you are away from your office or home—away from the humdrum, mundane tasks that take up mental real estate and block creativity.
You’ll get to know your town
There’s something very satisfying about becoming familiar with your town. There are probably plenty of undiscovered streets full of gorgeous houses (that can get you day dreaming about buying your own), mom and pop restaurants, adorable daycares, and other sites that will put a smile on your face. You’ll also learn about more local businesses you can go support on your days off.
Your stress levels will go down
Many individuals report enhanced feelings of wellbeing after exercise. Regular aerobic activity can relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and walking seems to be one of the most effective methods.
Your metabolism will go up
Rather than working yourself into a pulp of sweat at the gym to lose weight, consider just adding a few walks to your day. You may see your waist size go down quickly, since regular walks can boost metabolism, especially in overweight individuals.
You can beat depression
Feeling like your entire life takes place in the exact same setting—an easy thing to feel when you work at a computer—can naturally make one feel depressed. You want to cover as much ground (literally and figuratively) on this earth as possible. While you may not have time or money to travel regularly, you can walk regularly. This can break up depressing monotony.
Your blood pressure will improve
Walking is an activity that increases heart and breathing rates, both of which are great for improving blood pressure. Improving blood pressure can, in turn, reduce one’s chance of a stroke.
Your circulation will improve
Do you ever stand up from your desk and feel dizzy? Do you feel all the blood rushing from your head? It could be because remaining stationary for long periods interferes with proper circulation. Regular walks can improve overall circulation and prevent those dizzy spells.
Your tummy may feel better
If you struggle with frequent indigestion, you should first and foremost speak to your doctor about your diet. The answer may be in there. But, furthermore, consider adding walks to your day. Regular aerobic exercise can improve digestion, so even those who don’t necessarily struggle with poor digestion can go from good to great digestion.
You could get fewer colds
Research suggests that walking could boost your immune system. So, even if you don’t want to go outdoors during the winter aka cold and flu months, consider taking a stroll.
It may be more effective than the gym
Several small workouts a day may be more effective when it comes to weight loss than one massive daily workout. Research has shown that, long intense workouts may spur the desire to replace those calories (in other words, eat so much that it cancels out the workout). Meanwhile, brief, less intense exercise—such as walking—doesn’t seem to provoke over-eating afterwards.
Your joints can feel better
Regular walking could provide great relief for arthritis sufferers, as it reduces inflammation in the body.
You can manage type 2 Diabetes
If you’re living with or at risk of type 2 Diabetes, walking should be a part of your management program. Regular moderate exercise can improve insulin sensitivity.
You can strengthen those bones
If you don’t want osteoporosis to keep you from living the life you want to live, then start walking now. Regular walks can strengthen your bones.