It’s cold, it’s wet and the last thing you probably feel like doing is heading outside.
Winter doesn’t have to mean hibernation!
Here are 7 reasons to grab a friend, or your dog and go on a walk!
1. Walking regulates blood glucose levels
One of the best times to head out for a walk is after a meal. Walking for a little as 15 minutes after eating will reduce your blood glucose level and will help to reduce an unwanted insulin spike.
2. Walking burns fat and aids in weight loss
A daily walk has been proven to reduce body fat and improve cardiovascular function.
3. Walking lowers blood pressure and circulating triglycerides
Walking for a total of 30 minutes a day can lower resting blood pressure and circulating levels of triglycerides (fat) within your blood.
4. Walking reduces stress
Walking is seriously one of the best forms of stress relief. Walking is a great activity to do if you want to clear your mind or process thoughts. So, if you’re in need of some alone time, grab some fresh air and go for a walk.
5. Walking is a great way to connect with loved ones
Whether you’re catching up with a friend, taking a stroll with your significant other, or spending time with your children, walking is such as special way to spend time with the people you care about.
6. Walking reduces the risk of falls in the elderly
Trail walking on uneven ground has been shown to improve balance and reduce falls in the elderly.
7. Walking is a great way to soak in Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and healthy bones, and the best source of Vitamin D is from sun exposure. We’re not aiming for sunburn, as we all know the health risks associated with that, but a healthy tan is a simple measure of a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
The health benefits of walking are hugely beneficial to people of all ages.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s go for a walk!