The Health Benefits of Walking More …
When it comes to walking more or taking part in physical activity, it’s like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. For some, exercise is an essential part of the day. It is great for boosting energy levels and relieving stress. Whereas for others, its a time to fear and constantly put off – even the thought of walking for longer than a few minutes is filled with dread!
May is National Walking Month (thirty-one days dedicated to getting us to move more and sit less), and it is perhaps more important right now than ever. So whether you are a reluctant exerciser or some one who is desperate to get back to the gym – walking more is something you should be doing right now.
The Benefits are Real and Plentiful…
The Key Health Benefits of Walking More:
- 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 prolonged sitting
As you can see from the list above, whilst there are plenty of physical benefits of walking more, some very obvious – such as weight management, toning muscles and reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes; there are also plenty of emotional and psychological benefits too. Many studies have linked mood elevation and a general sense of wellbeing to exercise (and/or physical activity). Tonic Founder and Managing Director, Becca says:
As workplace wellbeing experts, Tonic knows exactly how important physical exercise is for both our mental and physical wellbeing. Take a read of our blog from earlier in the year which explains exactly why Walking More is a Basic Requirement for Good Health.
Are You Still Working From Home?
The Government also announced earlier this week that more people should be encouraged to return to work, if they could not possibly work from home. And whilst some of us maybe be returning to our workplaces in the near future, there will still be millions of us continuing to work from home. Therefore it’s vital that we continue to establish an effective and healthy work routine.
From minimising distractions, taking regular breaks and exercising to drinking plenty of water, visit our blog to find useful tips to help you work from home.
Here at Tonic, we are always looking for ways to encourage both employees and employers to take care of their wellbeing. That’s why we continue to compile useful, effective and informative material for you to use for free. Why not take a look at the following PDFs –