If you’re like me, sometimes you need a bit of motivation to do something even though you know it is the best thing for you. Yes, I’m talking about exercising, specifically walking. I wrote about this topic this past spring when I challenged myself to walk more. But, from time to time, you just need to give yourself an extra boost of motivation by reminding yourself why walking is so darn important.
I started googling benefits of walking and I found so many. I can’t believe I don’t have this prioritized first on my list on “have-to-dos”. I mean really – we all know that
You can’t be stylish if you’re not healthy!
After much reading (and getting up every once in a while to do some steps!) I have decided that here are
1. You’ll reduce your risk of heart disease.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women. Studies have shown that walking briskly 30 minutes a day can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can! So get off that couch, put down the popcorn and move now!
2. Walking helps relieve pain and stiffness.
Do you sometimes get out of bed and feel stiff and your body aches? Have you developed swollen joints and a bit of arthritis like me? Well, the worst thing you can do is to sit around. Walking is the best solution for achy joints. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Get up off that chair, stop looking at Facebook, and move! If I can’t convince you, then read this.
3. You’ll burn about 150 calories.
Depending on how briskly you walk, you can burn 150 calories during those 30 minutes. Extend your walk to a brisk 45 minutes and you’ll burn 270 calories. This can help maintain your weight and you won’t feel guilty when you have a cookie or a small glass of wine!
4. You’ll tone your lower half
No matter what, your legs and your butt will look better if you walk regularly. According to Cleveland Clinic, walking helps reduce problems with varicose and spider veins. Toned gluteus muscles provide support to your hip joint, as well as help support the lower half of your body. By toning the gluteus maximus muscle, you can affect the shape of your butt, increase your lower body strength and improve your balance. Better yet, because walking is a weight-bearing exercise, it helps prevent loss of bone density.
5. Finally, it just makes you feel good and improves your self-esteem.
Come on, you know you feel so good after a long walk. Not only do you feel like you have done something good for yourself, studies have shown that brisk walking boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. It can also improve mood and self-esteem, according to WebMD. I did not know it improves your self-esteem.
And while, you’re walking, why not meditate (best apps here), listen to an audio book (suggestions here), or a podcast (highly recommend Revisionist History). You will feel better and also feel like you have accomplished something!
Come on, get up and get moving!
Have I convinced you of why you need to walk 30 minutes a day? Even if you can’t find 30 minutes at one time – try two 15 minute walks. In fact, I like this the best – one walk in the morning and one later in the day.
Now I have to end this as I am off for a good walk at my favorite spot Colt State Park. The view is incredible. Let me know where your favorite walking spot is.