Walk your way to better health

The simple act of walking is one of my favorite ways to get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. I love springtime when those first warm days come about. The air is fresh and inviting. Fall is also a great time to get out and inhale the crisp, cool air and hear the crunch of leaves underneath.

Today is National Walk to Work Day. If you’re fortunate to live close enough to work, why not give your car a break and walk to work. Or, bring your sneakers to work and spend your lunch hour walking the neighborhood. Walking is one of the most popular activities among adults in the United States. You can do it practically anywhere, in any season and the health benefits are plenty.

Shuffle, strut, mosey — however you do it, it’s good for your body!

Walking just three times a week, 30 minutes a walk, can improve your fitness level tremendously. Walking also improves physical function and strengthens your heart. It’s good for your brain, your bones and your mood. And, if you’re walking outside, you can get a beneficial dose of vitamin D from the sun.

Before you head out, take a minute to stretch your muscles. Stretching increases your range of motion and protects your muscles from injury. The five stretches that are the easiest and most self-explanatory are, 1) calf stretch, 2) side stretch, 3) torso twist, 4) quadriceps (thigh) stretch, and 5) hamstring (back of legs) stretch. Do them slowly and hold the stretch until your muscles loosen up.

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Ways to incorporate more walking into your routine

  1. Instead of having your food delivered, pick it up by foot, if the restaurant is nearby.
  2. Park your car further from the store and walk.
  3. Get off the bus before your destination and walk that extra mile.
  4. Join a charity walk in your neighborhood and fundraise for a cause you care about.
  5. Invest in a treadmill that you can use at night or on rainy days.
  6. Walk the mall, and people watch if that’s your thing.
  7. Instead of sitting a child’s sports practice, get up and walk laps around the gym
  8. Purchase a wearable activity device to track your steps.

As a writer, my job is sedentary which is not healthy. Every day, I set a timer on my phone that reminds me every hour to get up from my seat and walk around the building, at least once. Not only does this wake me up, but it clears my mind and motivates me to make it through the day.

How do you, or will you, incorporate more walking into your week?