Walk For Your Health
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
As a child, I remember staying outside until after dark and having my parents yell at me it was time to come in and get ready for bed.
I would stay in the pool until my fingers and toes were pruned and my lips started to look a little blue. I would ride my bike dodging the gnats and mosquitoes or just ran around on pavement barefoot until just after sundown.
As we get older, our routines change, and we find ourselves getting further and further from those habits that really benefited us.
I’ve recently found myself back in the habit of not wanting to waste daylight after work and find myself outside until sundown again. I’ve lost the desire to crash on the couch in front of the T.V. and instead find myself rushing outside to catch the giant fireball as it drops below the mountain backdrop down the street most nights.
When we are in a time of high stress, we overlook the simple things that help reduce that stress. We instead often turn to foods, beat ourselves into the ground with exercise, Netflix binge etc. As adults, we forgot how just getting outside, and looking up at the sky and taking in the fresh air and just walking do so many amazing things for our bodies.
Walking outside for just 30 minutes a day can significantly lower your stress level by reducing anxiety levels, increase your daily movement, reduce joint pain and decrease risks of chronic disease, improve your digestion, and reduce your blood pressure just to name a few.
If you are feeling a little meh lately or anxious and stressed more than usual, add a walk into your daily routine.
Don’t have a chunk of 30 minutes?
Break it up into smaller ones. Start with a 10 minute after dinner walk and build from there.
Going to the office or store?
Park a little farther from the door.
My personal favorite time to go is after dinner all my stuff for the next day is prepped, I get out around sunset time and walk the dogs. It is a great way to let go of any stress my day had and clear my head for a good night’s rest. The view is almost always breathtaking as well as the sky changes colors.