10 Benefits Of A Daily Walk

This time of year (October) it's hard to make walking a part of your regular routine but there can be many benefits of a daily walk, including getting fresh air. It may be cold outside, or you don't feel like it, but getting outdoors in the brisk air can do you good. Are you going to start a daily walk routine? If you're on the fence here are 10 benefits of a daily walk.


10 Benefits Of A Daily Walk

1.  Calorie Burning

If you get outside (or even on the treadmill) you'll burn calories. This will help with weight loss (if you need it to) and keep you healthier. I walk roughly 4.2 miles most days which takes about one and a half hours and in that time I burn roughly 450 calories - some of the meals I eat are less than that! 

I am overweight and losing weight will help me live a healthier lifestyle, if I can do that without pushing myself too hard then I'm in.

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.

Paul Dudley White

2.  Tone Your Legs

Toning your legs sounds like something you'd need a gym for, but actually if you have a route with hills or have the treadmill inclined then your walks will also tone your legs. The regular route I walk has lots of hills. I live at the top of a steep bank and no matter which way I walk I go down a bank first, which means I have to go back up on the way back. My regular route has the hills spaced out so I don't have it all at once. There's a long, steep downwards hill first, then shorter and shallower upwards hills throughout the walk until finally a slow shallow downwards walk towards my home. 

In the months I've been walking I've watched my thick wobbly legs get more defined and I can actually see the muscles! It's such a strange thing to say when you've been overweight for such a long time and you didn't think you'd ever have visible muscles.


3.  Ease Joint Pain

Walking helps strengthen muscles that support your joints and bones. It can help if, for example, you're suffering from arthritis. The Hubby suffers with joint pain and has to take pain killers whenever we want to walk, but the daily walk helps keep his joints flexible. A daily walk helps him stay healthy and eases some of the joint pain.

4.  Strengthen Your Heart

Take a walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and you can reduce your risk for Coronary Heart Disease by 19% - according to Healthline. Exercise that gets your heart pumping helps keep your heart healthy.

5.  Energy Boost

At first you may not get an energy boost from walking daily, but eventually you'll start to notice you have more energy as a result of going for a walk. When I first started walking my regular route I couldn't see that I would ever get more energy from it, but it happened. It sounds counter-intuitive but it's true. I get up every day and go for a walk early in the morning and I'm energised for the rest of the day.


6.  Improve Your Sleep

This one makes more sense doesn't it? When you're tired from your walk you're bound to sleep better. I struggle to sleep sometimes and it's when I go for a long walk every day that I sleep better. I'm probably so worn out from all the walking that I can't stay awake, but it does help. Fresh air every day, getting my muscles moving, and getting my heart rate up, early in the morning helps me relax at the end of the day.

7.  Improve Your Mood

Whether you're storming about the house because everything is a mess, or feeling low and want to shut yourself away, going out for a walk will help improve your mood. The sun may be shining, or the clouds may cast shadows but either way being outdoors and getting daily exercise will improve your mood. By going for a walk you're increasing oxygen levels flowing through your body. Mood improving hormones are released by walking daily too.

8.  Get Social

Enjoy walks with friends or your partner and you'll find yourself feeling better. At a time when we've all spent time alone at home or isolated from our social circles getting outdoors to do some exercise is a great way to socialise - as long as it's not in a large group. The Hubby and I chat constantly when we're walking, we talk about all kinds of things and cover a variety of topics.


9.  Creative Thought

A walk outdoors, along the canal or through the woods, will help improve your creative thinking. For writers, like me, this can be a huge help. Sometimes my head can feel blocked, like the creative juices can't get past something and I'm stuck, but by going for a walk I get fresh air around my head and walk where I'm surrounded by nature and this helps with my creativity. Whenever I'm struggling I go for a walk.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

10.  A Sense Of Achievement

One of the best things you can get from walking every day is a sense of achievement, especially if you're not used to walking. Just 30 minutes a day can help you live a healthier lifestyle and you can give yourself a high five for that. In turn you'll improve your self-esteem because you are achieving something.

I am not saying it's easy to start a new routine, nor am I suggesting you start walking every day if you can't manage it, but what I am saying is if you try - things will improve. It's not going to happen overnight. It will take time. But if you stick with it you'll start to notice yourself feeling better. You'll have more energy, you'll feel happier. 

When I get up in a morning to do my walk, I complain. I don't want to do it. But I know that by the time I'm finished (yes I'll be out of breath and my muscles will ache) I'll be pleased with myself.

Do you go for daily walks?

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