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3 Reasons to Get Up and Walk Now

By Genevieve Cunningham

Walking. For some people, the thought of walking for exercise or fun is an absolutely dreadful thought. They walk only when they have to, and if they have to circle the parking lot a few times to avoid a long walk from the back, they'll definitely do it. But walking is actually really, really good for the body. In fact, it's one of the best kept secrets of living a long and healthy life. If you haven't made walking a priority in your life, take a look at these three reasons to get up and go for a walk right now.

It's More Exercise Than You Think

For some people, exercise is supposed to be intense. They think that if you're not breaking a sweat, the exercise isn't working. But this simply isn't true! Walking can be an incredible exercise. It allows you to keep the joints mobile and fluid. It burns calories and can help maintain a healthy body weight. And it can keep your muscles working and strong. And it does all of this without the stress of many higher impact workouts. If you want to stay healthy with exercise, just add some walking and don't worry about killing your body to get fit.

It Will Probably Boost Your Mood

Exercise -- and we've already established that walking is exercise -- can boost and stabilize moods. Exercise encourages the production of certain hormones in the body that make you feel happier and more positive. These same hormones can lower stress and boost energy. If you often find yourself in a bad mood, just put on your shoes and go for a walk. You may find your mood turn around before you even make it back home, and regular walks may help keep your mood in a better space every single day.

It's a Habit That Can Last an Entire Lifetime

Walking is low-impact. While this may turn off those looking for an intense workout, it's actually a really good thing. Because it's low-impact, it can be done at any age and in almost any condition. You can start walking now and continue through middle age and even as you reach the golden years. You can invite your kids to go with you or your grandmother. Walking works, and it works for everyone. If you want a fun, healthy habit that you can use for the rest of your life, walking is one of the best and easiest options around.

Walking is such an incredible habit to add to your life. Though many people don't think of it as exercise, it's a great way to stay in shape and boost your health. Buy a treadmill, find a track, or make your own trail. Do it alone or find a walking buddy. Make the habit work for you! Pick up this practice today and enjoy the benefits for years and years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Ana, Calif.

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