Why Walking More is a Basic Requirement for Good Health
Let’s all think about how often we spend walking everyday? We walk up stairs, we walk to our cars, we walk through doors and we walk to get or pick something up. Therefore for many of us, walking is a simple activity we do frequently everyday, without even thinking about it. Now think how you feel about walking as a form of exercise…
The Underrated Exercise
“Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier,” NHS
When we think about exercise, many of us think about high-impact workouts, visits to the gym, running or fitness classes. However, did you know that one of the simplest and most common things we do daily, could be the answer to getting us to exercise more!
According to the NHS, walking could be the most underrated form of exercise; walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Therefore why aren’t more of us taking advantage of this free, simple and beneficial activity?
10,000 Steps Daily
Some of us have heard about and have even tried the 10,000 steps daily challenge. 10,000 steps equates to around 5 miles or 8 KM a day which is 30 minutes exercise and 150 miles at the end of the month.
According to Fitbit, the ‘benefits of a 30-minute daily stroll are plentiful. From slowing mental decline and lowering blood pressure, to improving sleep and relieving depression.’
Here at Tonic, we believe that walking more is a basic requirement for good health, just like drinking enough water each day. Our bodies are designed for movement, therefore it is down to use to make sure we are moving more and sitting less.
The Benefits of Walking Daily:
- A low impact way to get in shape and lose weight
- Improves sleep
- Decreases hypertension, reducing risks for heart attacks and strokes
- Walking daily has been shown to increase good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Reduces stress
- Can improve your mental health when balanced with other positive habits
- Increases balance and endurance
- Slows mental decline
- Improves the mood
- Can act as a form of mindful meditation
- Reduces fatigue
- Offsets risks of sitting
Ways to make walking more of a habit:
- walking part of your journey to work
- walking to the shops
- using the stairs instead of the lift
- leaving the car behind for short journeys
- walking the kids to school
- doing regular walks with a friend
- going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner
Are You Ready for the Walking Challenge?
“Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on…”Ann Green, M.S
Throughout the month of March, Cancer Research UK are urging us all to ‘get fit and feel amazing’, whilst raising money for life-saving cancer research. Therefore why not try the challenge yourself! There’s no pressure on starting with 10,000 steps daily, just see how many you can do; we are certain you will start to feel the physical and mental benefits of getting outside and walking more. Who knows, you might even enjoy it!
Was being more active in 2020 one of your new year resolutions? Would you like to find more ways to get fit and healthy this year? CLICK HERE to visit our Guide on Getting More Active and Feeling Energised.
If you think your workplace would benefit from finding out more about meeting the Government Guidelines for physical activity, simply contact us now at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our popular Physical Activity Workshop “MOVE MORE SIT LESS” ticks all of the boxes. It is a fun, informative and interactive session set in an informal group environment packed with insights, tips, powerful facts and toolkits to motivate you to move more and sit less.