The Benefits of Walking

by | Sep 3, 2023

Beginning a new routine is difficult but regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your long term health.  If starting at a gym isn’t possible for you, walking 30 minutes a day three times a week is a great start. Benefits of walking include:

Physical Health:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Walking regularly can improve your heart health by reducing the risk of heart disease. It helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Joint Health: It’s a low-impact exercise that is gentle on the joints, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

  • Muscle Tone: Walking engages various muscle groups, especially the legs, buttocks, and core, leading to improved muscle tone.

  • Bone Health: Weight-bearing activities like walking can help strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Mental Health:

  • Stress Reduction: Walking outdoors in nature or even around your neighborhood can reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

  • Cognitive Function: Regular walking has been linked to better cognitive function and a reduced risk of cognitive decline in older adults.

  • Creativity: Many people find that walking helps stimulate creativity and problem-solving as it provides time for reflection and mental clarity.

Longevity: Studies have shown that regular walkers tend to live longer than those who are sedentary.

Remember that to reap these benefits, consistency is key. Find a friend to motivate you or make it part of your daily routine. Get outside and enjoy the fall weather before we get into our dreary Pacific Northwest winter!