Benefits of making walking a daily habit
There are many benefits of making walking a daily habit. This article explains it in more detail.
You’ll be a lot healthier generally, if you make it a habit to go for at least one daily walk, every day. Really, the goal should be to walk as much as possible. It is really an important part of who we are and how our body is supposed to function.
For the first time in human history that you don't have to walk anymore or get away with not walking, so countless people go from their bed, to their car, to their desk, to their car, to the couch, to their bed and never really have to walk any significant distance.
You can order food, you can order anything that you want is at your fingertips. You don't have to get moving, however your body needs that movement to stay healthy.
Humans have always walked really long distances, walked all day and that walking is built into keeping us vibrant and healthy. It is just the way that we're set up and we're supposed to be walking. You know we stand upright, we're the way our hips function.
We should be walking. Sitting and not moving is incredibly detrimental - you probably heard people say sitting is the new smoking, it really is. The effects of people just sitting at a desk all day have been proven to be so detrimental, they're destroying our health.
Many industries like architects, IT consulting, call centres, accounting, lawyers; they just sit all day, every day at their desks.
It's an easy fix. Get up from your desk, walk around, you know every time you eat go for a walk or just walk as far as you can. Park as far away from the door as you can. Find ways to go for walks as much as possible. Obviously, you know it's not always possible to be walking everywhere. Sometimes you just don't have the time. However, find a way like if you can't walk to the store you can at least park as far away from the doors.
Another way to do it, is to walk in smaller increments throughout the day. You might have heard that a huge proponent of 10-minute walks. Every time you eat, immediately after you finish eating, get up, go outside, go for a 10-minute walk before you get back to your day. I think that's such a great idea.
It's good because you know you're going to be eating healthier, you can kind of plan for having that extra 10 minutes to walk and that we're going to spend less time sitting around eating. You're not going to overeat because you know you have to get up and walk.
It's also a good way to go on incremental walks throughout the day. This is a great way to break up the monotony of sitting all day, which as I said before is so detrimental. Going for different increments throughout the day and doing maybe 4 or 15-minute walks rather than a 1 hour walk at the end is going to break up how long you have been sitting each day.
It helps keep you keep you from burning out, at your desk and staring at your screen, so it's going to be better for your eyes to see different things and not stare at something all day.
Getting outside and having to look into the distance and train your eyes for that, getting some sunlight into your eyes, so you're not just under blue light all day. There's just so many benefits to walking, and it's so simple to do, anyone can do it.
Walking is low-impact and there's a lot of studies that say it is just as effective or more effective for fat loss than running, and it's at a lower impact so you can do this every day. Your joints aren't going to break down from the pounding because of running.
Going for a walk is actually restorative in itself. You're going to feel better after going for a walk. Your joints are going to feel better, your nervous system can feel better, and you're going to be restored.
If you maintain the ability to walk, it's going to help you age better. It can help you stay healthier, it's going to help you just live your life and be the best version of yourself, and that's what we want.
Walking is also going to help improve digestion. Everything plays into itself - all the systems of the body rely on the other systems of the body, so your digestion depends on movement.
Like I said, the blood sugar and other nutrients is going to help break down food because your moving is going to help get those nutrients and get your blood flowing, and get those nutrients to where they're needed.
It's going to help you keep that system working then it's also going to increase insulin sensitivity. Sleeping is also going to help increase insulin sensitivity because like I said everything is connected, and the body isn't just all these individual things. We are a system of systems and each of these systems kind of play off each other and work together.
One of the best things that you can possibly do for your body is move it. Get it outside walking around and just walk as much as possible. Getting out in the Sun, so you get the benefits of sun exposure, you get the Sun going to help your circadian rhythm, and can keep you on a good rhythm so that you can get better sleep at night.
Eating good quality food is going to help your ability to walk, your ability for your immune systems to work. It's going to make the walking beneficial, and it helped like all these things are so intertwined. Good luck!