Walking can be enjoyable for most, and is one of the best forms of exercise. Short of having a specific disability, walking is something most everyone can do, and relatively safe. A brisk walk can raise your heart rate and be a great aerobic exercise for your heart as well as build strength and endurance.
Another great benefit is to reduce stress. Make it a habit to practice mindfulness when walking- think only about the walk rather than think about problems, work, the past, or the future. Just stay present in the moment, and take in what comes to your senses. Smell the air, look at the sights, listen for sounds like birds. While walking with others is great, walking alone is often the best thing to have peace of mind for awhile. If you’re feeling down or depressed, it can help a lot.
If you sit at a desk or computer for work, it’s essential for your health to get out of that seat periodically. A regular routine of walking will help, and can be something you enjoy and look forward to.
Vary the walk to make things fun, find new places to go. Drive a short distance if needed. Local parks can be a great place to walk, use Google to find parks you may not be aware of.
Another thing to try is listening to music, audio books, or podcasts while you walk, using some headphones. It can make it more fun, and you can even learn while you walk if you’d like.
Consider using a smartphone or watch to monitor your distance, it can again make it more fun and motivate you to walk longer each time. There are also websites where you can be more competitive and social.
Walking can also give you something to talk about on social media, to show you are serious about health and getting out of the house!
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