What 30 Minutes of Walking Could Do for Your Day
By Sandy Schroeder
If you think about it, most of us quickly use up 30 minutes a day online, or on the phone. Another 30 minutes sails by as we work our way toward getting ourselves together. And so it goes throughout the day, until we wrap everything up, and head for home.
Taking a 30-minute chunk of time to walk every day could be a simple way to collect some healthy benefits.
Calories leave – Walking can burn about 150 calories, depending on your weight and pace. It often serves to inspire more workouts, or strength exercises, leading to more calorie loss.
The mind relaxes – That first step can signal the mind to calm down and slow down. Many think of this period as a “walking meditation” because it frees up the mind.
New habits take hold – Most of the people that I know who walk for 30 minutes per day also find time to hike or bike on the weekend, or catch up with favorite sports.
Muscles get toned – You may notice a difference in your thighs and calves. If you add stretching exercises, your whole body may feel more limber.
Digestion perks up – Walking for 30 minutes after eating helps to activate digestion and stabilize blood sugar.
Ideas abound – Most of my friends say they do their best work when they are out walking. As the head clears, the mind goes to work.
Tension leaves – Taking 30 minutes out of every day can become a natural way to relax, letting go of the daily pressures.
Errands get done – If you like the idea of killing two birds with one stone, you can turn this walking time into an errand run.
Kids get involved – Many of the people I know use this walking time to stay in touch with their family. Walking with kids may give you a chance to really hear what they think.
New connections form – When I do my walk in my neighborhood, I reconnect with neighbors and notice all sorts of changes.
The body wakes up – Health experts tell us we need 30 minutes of walking per day to counteract all of the time that we spend sitting. Activating the body reduces the risk of serious disease, helps lower blood pressure, and often reduces stress.
Your 30-minute walking period may create different benefits, ones you not have thought of. Enjoy the adventure.
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