If you’re too busy to read this message, then this blog is definitely for you …
More often than not, our health and well-being take a backseat to “urgent” tasks.
In our health section of this blog we will try to give you some simple facts to help your health.
Want to help your health, then….Take a walk.
Just taking a walk a day can mean immense health benefits, from strengthening the heart to preventing dementia.
Some of us may walk quite a bit during the day, but there is a very big difference between that and taking a walk with the intention of relaxing and letting go.
It can be for just 10 minutes during work, or a longer half-hour walk at night to reflect upon the day.
Whatever your preference, make the conscious effort to get up and take a walk for yourself where nothing else matters … just your body and mind in the present moment.
What can a walk a day do for you?
- Strengthen your heart — Regular walking is proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
“Anything that raises your heart rate and gets your blood pumping is a workout for your heart and circulatory system,” says personal trainer Stuart Amory.
According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes — reducing your risk by up to 27%.
- Help prevent dementia — Dementia, a disease that leads to memory loss and impairment of the brain, currently affects 1 in 14 people over the age of 65. Studies done by neurologists at Jacksonville’s Mayo clinic show that one daily 20-minute walk can cut the risk of dementia by 40%.
“Regular walking not only helps preserve brain function in healthy people, but also protects against further damage caused by dementia, Alzheimer’s and diseases like Parkinson’s, a degenerative disease that causes tremors, motor impairment and cognitive decline.” — Dr. Jay Van Gerpen (Mayo Clinic)
- Give you a boost of energy — A walk during the daytime can be the perfect energy boost that you need. Taking a midday walk boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in the body, resulting in a more alert and alive you. It also wakes up stiff joints and eases muscle tension caused by sitting in an office chair all day.
- It helps you sleep — Not only can a walk during the day boost your energy, but a walk at night can help you sleep better. Taking an evening walk may boost your feel-good hormone called serotonin. Elevated levels of serotonin create the relaxed feeling you get on a walk. When you return home, your calmed body and mind will be ready for bed.
- It makes you happier — Studies have shown regular, moderate-intensity exercise (such as brisk walking) to be as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. Taking a break to walk releases endorphins (feel-good hormones) into the bloodstream, reducing anxiety and stress.
Those are just a few of the many profound effects daily walks can have on a person’s life.
At first, it may seem foreign to some to just walk for relaxation and health, but when you put it into practice day after day, you’ll experience all the positive benefits walking has to offer.