A short walk each day is the one activity that we tend to overlook. This is because there is a perception that walking will not have much impact on our health and fitness. But even as little as 15 minutes per day offers many benefits to our physical health and wellbeing. So if your schedule is too tight to fit in longer workouts and time is of the essence, why not factor in a quick daily stroll? Let’s look at the positives below.
A Stronger Body
Walking each day can help to promote stronger muscles and improve the respiratory system and heart function. Here are a few other physiological benefits that come from getting a little bit of cardiovascular fitness into your day.
If you work a sedentary job for 8 hours a day, getting up for a short walk can also work wonders for your posture, improve joint mobility and reduce fatigue behind the eyes.
Walking can improve mental clarity and assist in better decision making. This creates good habits and the ability to be more consistent with them. It can boost your mood and help you to feel happier!
Exercise is a wonderful way to enhance your sleep quality and help you get more of it when possible. Walking as a form of exercise should not be discounted when compared to intense workouts.
With its associated health benefits and its impact on our overall happiness, including a brisk-paced walk into each day has actually been shown to increase life expectancy.
This is something that anyone can do for free! And when complemented with a good, all-round balanced approach to exercise, nutrition, hydration and sleep, a healthy lifestyle that incorporates regular walking can encourage many more years of good health ahead.
Share Quality Time
While going for a brisk walk is terrific for clearing your mind, improving your circulation and heart health, and releasing stress, it can also be a fantastic way to connect with others. Move away from technology and the pressures of the work/life balance and get into nature with a friend. Some alone time to catch up while getting in some awesome steps sounds like a win-win to us!
Hi what advise do you have ….I have had a pacemaker inserted and I am cautious of doing the wrong exercise. Thanks JB
Hi Janet, it’s best to consult your doctor on the intensity of your exercises. While we have a range of workouts to tailor fitness levels, it’s best to check with your healthcare professional before beginning any fitness regime.