3 Ways to Get More Benefits From Your Walk
By Stepy Kamei
Regardless of life circumstances, many people are able to turn to walking for a relatively safe and reliable form of exercise and movement. Whether you walk by yourself, with a trusted pet, or a friend or loved one, it simply can't be denied that walking is a relatively easy and effective way to fit in a good workout and receive many benefits to your overall health and well-being. Still, some people find that it can be difficult to work up the motivation to go for a walk on a regular basis.
If you want to pick up this easy and helpful habit, but are struggling with getting started, keep on reading to learn about some ways in which you can work up the motivation to walk to get more out of this easy exercise than you'd expect.
Walk With a Loved One
It can be difficult to work up the motivation to get up and move, even when it's as simple as a walk, when you don't have someone else to keep you accountable. Now more than ever, it can be greatly beneficial to go on walks with loved ones. Consider setting up a regular time to meet up with a close friend, a family member, or even your canine companion, to get outside for some light exercise and bonding time. By going for a walk with a loved one, you'll not only be getting the benefits of regular movement and exercise, but you'll also be strengthening your social connections, which can provide a noticeable boost in your mood and overall mental health. Plus, you'll be less likely to skip out on the activity when you know your friend, sibling, or dog is counting on you to join them!
Practice a Walking Meditation
If you've been looking for a way to quiet your mind and stay grounded during uneasy times, all while boosting your physical and mental health, a walking meditation may be just what you need.
This practice can be as informal or as regulated as you would like. You can start by simply being mindful during your walk, and taking time to notice the sights, sounds, and smells surrounding you on your journey. You may take this one step further and also reflect on the things you are grateful for in your life. To start, you can combine these two thoughtful practices by being mindful of the way your footsteps feel on the ground, and express gratitude for the fact that your body is able to carry you safely and effectively.
If you are finding it a bit challenging to practice this, keep in mind that there are plenty of free videos and even apps which can provide useful guided walking meditation to help you get started.
Take a Work Call
If you're still finding it tough to schedule time to take a walk, consider knocking out work calls while going for a walk. What better way to clear your head and fit in some light exercise all at once than by going for a productive walk?
Hopefully you find at least one of these suggestions to be useful or helpful. Be sure to consult with your primary healthcare provider for further advice on how to further benefit your overall well-being.
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