As the nation and our economy begins to heal many people are walking towards better health. Countless stressors that bombard us daily have a detrimental effect on our minds and bodies. In response to this many have taken to walking to maintain their health physically, mentally, and emotionally during COVID-19. Whether people are with family, friends, or coworkers; in neighborhoods, parks, or at the office; there is always a good time for a walk.
Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.
Studies are finding that the stay home orders are affecting people’s mental health and walking can help. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, noted in a recent essay, “Walking helps us remember what it feels like to be fully alive.” She noted that many studies link moderate regular exercise—and walking in particular—with improved mental health, including lower incidence of anxiety and depression.
With too many benefits to pass up, why not take a stroll for better health?
Source: LifeHacker – Walking Benefits