Let’s take a moment here to reflect and ask ourselves if we really move enough during the day. If you have a desk job, the answer is “Nope!”

Some jobs keep you on your feet and moving throughout the day, but the reality is most of us don’t move enough. Even if you don’t go to the gym, there are easy ways you can take steps to be healthier. One of the simplest things you can do is walk. Walking has several health benefits. In fact, these benefits are not just physically but mentally as well. In 2020, let’s get off the couch and get moving so we can walk our way to healthiness.

If you’re serious about walking your way to healthiness, you’ll want to get a good pair of shoes that’s made for constant walking. Improper shoes make walking harder on the body, defeating the purpose of the exercise!

And if you’re having serious joint pain from walking, make sure to visit our clinic to see how we can help!

Physical Benefits

Looking for ways to lose weight after the holiday meals are done? Walking is a great way to burn off extra carbs and begin your weight loss journey. This is the most common reason people begin walking their way to healthiness, but there are tons more benefits.

Walking lowers the cholesterol that’s bad for us and raises the good cholesterol. It also lowers blood pressure. These things combined reduce the overall risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

If you are at risk for diabetes, whether it’s due to obesity or family history, it is important to get out for a walk every day. Walking decreases blood sugar levels. Maintaining healthy blood sugar reduces the risk of diabetes.

Improve your mobility and muscle strength with daily walks as well as strengthen your bones. Keeping your bones strong and healthy reduces the risk of osteoarthritis. If you still manage to get it, the pain will be less severe than for someone who didn’t walk daily!

Walking can even help protect against colon cancer!

Mental Benefits

We all know that walking and other exercises provide physical benefits, but how do they benefit us mentally? Natural chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin are all produced when we exercise. Endorphins are also released. These chemicals help battle depression, so the more you walk, the better you’ll feel.

Life can be stressful, and stress isn’t good for our physical or mental well-being. Walking can reduce stress, making it easier to take on the day to day trials that life brings.

Studies have shown that walking can help protect against dementia, too!

Ready to start walking your way to healthiness? Get a pair of new shoes to reduce the impact walking has on your joints. Find a nice place to walk. You’ll stay better motivated if you can find a nature trail to walk or a park with beautiful greenery to take in as you walk. Make sure to talk a water bottle with you so you can stay properly hydrated. A brisk 30-minute walk everyday will have a significant impact on your health, mentally and physically. Walk your way to a lower risk of colon cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. You’ll start to see an improvement in your mental wellbeing too, since walking improves depression and reduces the risk for dementia. It’s also a great way to reduce stress so get up, get out of the door, and walk your way to healthiness.

If you’re ready to take your health to the next level, contact us today!