Walking is something that most people do every day but we might not be appreciating how much a simple stroll through the neighborhood or brisk walk around the park can improve so many aspects of your health. The more consistent, faster and longer you get your feet moving, the more benefits you’ll receive.
1. Mood Booster
If you are feeling down or stressed, walking outside is the perfect opportunity to help you relieve your feelings and clear your head. Being outside with nature can help boost your mental and physical well-being.
2. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
Walking is a great and easy way to help improve your health. According to Prevention, as you walk, “your heart beats faster and pumps more blood. Over time, as your heart becomes able to pump more blood with less effort, your blood pressure levels will decrease.”
3. Maintain a Healthy Weight
The fall temperatures and changing leaves don’t have to be associated with holiday meals and losing that summer glow. Regular walking can help increase your metabolism and build lean muscle mass to help you burn more calories throughout the day.
If you go to a park or trail for your walk or are just walking around your neighborhood, chances are you will see someone walking their dog. More times than not people will let you come up and pet their dogs. So not only are getting a mood booster from nature but also a dog! This is a win-win scenario in our books.
*Disclaimer: We can’t guarantee you will see a dog every time you go walking and we can’t guarantee people will let you pet their dogs.
Go outside and enjoy the nature, you’ll be happy you did!