There are so many great benefits to walking, and if you can fit it into your busy daily routine, it can improve your fitness, wellbeing and overall health. It can even prevent diseases and prolong your life. Walking is free and it’s usually fairly easy to fit into your day.
This Walk to Work Day, why not make time to walk to work, walk part of the way to work, or even take a walk during your lunch break? It’ll help to break up your day, make you feel more alert and you may even enjoy it so much that you decide to make it part of your daily schedule!
So, what are the key benefits to walking?
1. Burn calories
Walking burns calories, and this helps with weight management. Increase the speed and distance of your walk and you’ll burn even more.
2. Heart strength
By walking, you’re encouraging blood to pump around your body and strengthening your heart as it will have to pump faster than if you were sitting in the car or on a bus, for example. Increase the duration and distance of your walk to increase the benefits further!
3. Ease joint pain
Walking can help protect your joints, such as your knees and hips. It helps strengthen the muscles that support the joints, therefore preventing and easing joint pain.
4. Energy boost
Walking increases oxygen flow throughout the body, and can increase levels of cortisol and epinephrine, elevating energy and positivity levels. This, in turn, can help reduce anxiety, depression and negative moods.
5. Toned legs
Walking can strengthen the muscles in your legs. If you want to tone up your thighs and calves even more, walk on hilly, bumpy terrain.
At the Bucks Biz centres, several business owners walk to work. Sheila Rose, from Sheila Rose Running, is a distance runner who has gone from a 20-a-day smoker and couch-dweller to a 100-mile endurance runner over the past nine years. She’s in her mid-fifties but has never felt better thanks to walking and running, which she says is a great way to get fit and reduce stress.
This Walk to Work Day, try to fit a walk into your busy schedule, and you’ll definitely reap the benefits!