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When the sun comes out in the spring, it’s hard to resist taking a stroll through the neighborhood. Turns out, going for a walk is more than just a peaceful activity there are plenty of wellness benefits that come along with it. We broke down all the reasons you should start taking daily strolls this spring.

Physical Health

It’s no secret that moving burns calories, but taking a leisurely stroll can do so much more than help you burn calories. Walking daily can also improve your heart function, lower your blood sugar, and ease your joint pain. Getting up and moving helps your cardiovascular system function and it keeps everything working well. Taking a walk after a heavy meal is great way to let your body know it’s time to get to work.

Don’t push yourself to far though or you may upset your stomach. Keep your walk at a simple, leisurely pace for about 10 minutes is a great way to boost that metabolism and aid in the digestion process. Another great benefit of exercise is the burst of energy you get once you’re done. If you’re someone who always gets sluggish mid-day then maybe it’s time to add a walk to your afternoon routine. The switch can help fuel the rest of your day and keep you focused.

Mental Health

Walks are not just about the physical benefits. Taking some steps everyday can also improve your mood and boost the creative thinking process. When you’re sitting down all day staring at a screen it’s difficult to find inspiration. Next time you’re feeling worn out and drained, try going for a walk. It could help boost your mood and also help you explore your own creativity. Being outside for a walk can be inspiring and when the only thing you’re focusing on is moving then it’s easy to let your brain explore it’s creative side.

Getting into the habit of healthy movement is so important to our overall wellbeing. We were never meant to sit all day so get up and get moving. This habit is also something you can get into at work, if you’re at a job where creative brainstorms are happening, try taking a team walk so that everyone can get moving to get inspired. With walking the possibilities are endless since it can be done anywhere!

Overall Well-Being

Walking everyday shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a self-care task that is necessary every day. From improving cardiovascular health to mood, it’s important that we practice these simple steps to living a better and more fulfilled life. The goal doesn’t have to be to steep either. Figure out a habit that works best for you and build it from there. For some people this may mean adding a 10 minute walk to their after dinner routine and for others this could mean adding an hour long stroll to their early morning workout session. Whatever you choose just be sure to listen to your body and not over work it.

Don’t just take our word for it! Do your own research on how the benefits of walking could help you. Maybe you’re the kind of person who would benefit from an early morning stroll or you could be someone who needs a 10 minute brisk walk after dinner to feel better. When it comes to making healthy choices always listen to your body and what it needs first!

Time to get up and get moving by adding a daily walk to your routine. When is your favorite time to take a stroll? Share it with us!

 

 

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