Yesterday was National Walking Day, created by the American Heart Association and celebrated each year on the first Wednesday of April, to raise awareness about its benefits and to encourage people to make it a part of their daily routine. Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of physical activity, but it can have a significant impact on your overall health. Here are a few reasons why it’s one of our favorite exercises – and why we think it should be celebrated all year long…
It's low-impact: Unlike running or other more intense exercises, walking is low-impact and easy on your joints. This makes it a great option for people who have joint pain or other chronic conditions, are recovering from an injury, or find it difficult to perform high-impact exercises for any reason.
It improves cardiovascular health: Walking is a great way to get your heart rate up, and regular walking can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
It boosts mood and reduces stress: When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters, so walking is a great way to clear your head and reduce stress. Taking a stroll outside in nature can be especially beneficial for improving your headspace.
It helps with weight loss: Walking burns calories, simple as that. Even just a 30-minute walk each day can make a difference in your weight loss efforts.
It's a great way to socialize: Taking a walk with a friend or family member can be a fun way to get in a bit of exercise. You can catch up on each other's lives while both getting in a simple workout.There you have it! Walking is a fantastic exercise with numerous health benefits whether you're looking to improve your cardiovascular health, reduce stress, or just get some fresh air. So put on your walking shoes, hit the pavement, and celebrate National Walking Day every day of the year.