Improve Your Life #2: Go for a Walk
It doesn’t matter if you go to a gym or run every other day. Go out and walk for 20 to 30 minutes and you will feel better. Walking has tremendous health benefits and helps you clear your head.
During your work day when you feel that you are stuck or just tired go out and walk a little bit. You will have more energy, fresh ideas and generally feel better. If you create a habit out of walking you will reap long lasting health benefits which include:
- reduced risk of heart disease by 9.3%
- risk of high blood pressure reduced by 7.2%
- high cholesterol risk lowered by 7%
- risk of diabetes reduced by 12%
These benefits are higher than the number you would get from the same level of running. Walking is preferable to running also in that it does not make you sweat. You don’t have to waste time on getting into running outfit and showering after the exercise. However I suggest that if possible wear running shoes to make your walks more comfortable.
Weather might be a problem. High wind and rain may make walking a bit less enjoyable but if you have appropriate clothing this will not keep you indoors.
There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing.
You don’t need a destination or a path to follow. Just walk 10 to 15 minutes in any direction and then just turn around and retrace your steps.
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- Original study: Walking Versus Running for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes Mellitus Risk Reduction
- Guardian article: Brisk walk healthier than running – scientists
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