More and more Americans are
obese, over 1/3 of all adults,
according to the CDC. And by now, whether we are
something about it or not, we all know that being overweight and not
exercise is damaging to our health and our quality of life.
There is a simple solution: walking! Our bodies are meant to move, and
walking is our most natural movement. Along with an improved diet, if you start
a walking regime, you'll feel the beautiful benefits in a very short
Here's my list of 5 reasons to walk, and the benefits you'll experience
when you do:
1. Walking - Your Free Instant Mood
Elevator Walking can help alleviate stress and boost your
mood in as little as 20 minutes. Take your walk outside, (even in a virtual natural setting) and the
benefits increase. You can use walking time as a 'walking meditation' which
will help lower your blood pressure, elevate your mood and improve your attitude and ability to cope with daily issues that arise. Make 'Walking Time' your personal 'Happy Hour"! 2. Walking Aids Your Digestion and
Blood Sugar Levels Walking after a meal can a. help
stop you from going for those second helpings you don't need to eat,
b. works to get your digestive system going at an optimal level, and
c. walking after eating can help reduce blood-sugar spike after
eating. (seeThe New York Times article)
Use proper form when walking to avoid strain or injury and increase the body benefits 3.
Walking Builds Your Bones You may know that regular
walking (no strolling!) at a good pace (outside, in place or on a treadmill) strengthens
and stretches your legs and core muscles, but did you know it also
strengthens your bones - better than biking, swimming or elliptical
training? It also causes much less damage to your knees, spine and ankles than
running or jumping.
4. Walking Is Therapeutic and Recuperative Walking's low-impact and
stretching movements make it the perfect movement for for workout warm-ups, recuperation from intense
or strenuous workouts and for cool downs. Going for a walk strengthens your feet, back, knees and hips. Long, brisk
walks can help boost your endurance. And a good up-tempo walk is perfect to recover from being upset, from stress episodes in your life, and again, the benefits increase if you walk outside in nature or a park,
and/or walk in the company of friends or family. 5. Walking Can Help You Lose Extra Weight If you have extra pounds you
want to lose, look to walking, for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, up to 1 hour.
The cardio, stress-relieving, stretching, meditative and rhythmic movements
of walking are a wonderful way to 'de-tox' both mentally and physically, and
bring enough calorie-burning oomph to your system to give it the signal to burn
So who wouldn't want that?
Now... who's up for a walk?
till next time...
live beautifully, stephanie-
by Stephanie Gale (based
an article by Zack Zeigler for BeachBody)
Enhance your beauty, style your conscious life. I'm L.A. Designer Stephanie Gale, sharing my passion for mindful sustainable style and beautiful, eco conscious living. Hoping to inform, enlighten and guide you to create peaceful positive change in your life and the world. All served up with a good dose of chocolate and coffee... organic and fair trade, of course! [Blog Beau Monde is the blog of Beau Monde Organics; an organic art scarves and accessories company based in Los Angeles, California. Visit beaumondeorganics.com.]