Walking became part of many people’s routines when a public health crisis shut down life as we knew it last spring, sending us into safer-at-home mode. As we begin that same season in a new year, the days ahead are certainly looking sunnier. While our movements are not as restricted anymore, and Los Angeles begins reopening, daily walks are a good habit with great benefits that should continue on.
When the pandemic hit, walking became a way to safely get out of the house, stay active, and stay sane. This easy exercise has a nice payoff — helping with physical and mental fitness. Why not keep it up?
Consistent aerobic activity, be it a low-intensity stroll or high-energy speed walk, is good for bone health, works your muscles, and benefits your brain and mood, making you feel better. It also improves sleep and overall quality of life.
Even a short burst of 10 minutes of brisk walking promotes heart and lung health and increases mental alertness, energy, and positive mood.
At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity spread out over the course of a week is recommended and associated with substantial health benefits. Walking is a straightforward way to hit that goal and an activity you can build into daily life and maintain.
There's light at the end of the tunnel, but that doesn't mean people aren't burned out, emotionally drained, or mentally exhausted. Walking can help stomp out negative feelings and enhance well-being.
So, seriously consider taking your step count even further. Continue that forward momentum and turn the corner a happier, healthier you.
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