If you’re looking to lead a healthier lifestyle, taking a walk is more than a step in the right direction. This simple activity offers multiple benefits for your body and your mind. Best of all, you don’t need a gym membership or special equipment, just appropriate shoes and comfy clothes. So grab your girlfriends or your favorite pooch and hit the pavement, beach, trail or mall. You can reap the benefits of walking nearly anywhere.
Nine reasons why walking is one of the best forms of exercise
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight
Walking is a great way to burn calories. Add 30-minutes of brisk walking to your day and you’ve zapped about 150 calories.
- Improves your mood
Your body releases endorphins when you walk; this can help you feel happier and more confident.
- Helps you sleep better
According to the National Sleep Foundation, just 10 minutes of walking each day can help you get quality zzz’s.
- Aids digestion
Taking a walk after a meal helps food move through your system. Pro tip: Add a scoop of Regular Girl to your water bottle for even more digestive support.
- Raises energy levels
A brisk walk may be better than a nap for boosting energy. A study involving sleep-deprived young women showed a 10-minute walk was more energizing than 50mg of caffeine (about one can of pop).
- Lowers blood pressure and supports heart health
The National Walkers Health study showed that regular walkers have a reduced risk of hypertension and high cholesterol.
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
The same study showed that regular walkers have a 12 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Strengthens bones and muscles
As a low-impact, weight-bearing form of exercise, walking helps you build bone density.
- Provides opportunity for socializing
Hooray for friends! Their support makes it easier to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s get walking
The American Heart Association has a six-week beginning walking plan to help you move from that leisurely stroll to a wellness-enhancing power walk. Check it out. Don’t want to go it alone? Our Facebook group is full of girlfriends ready to support you every step of the way. Join us.