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Benefits of a Good Walk

By Donna Stark 

When most people want to get in a good workout, they typically don't think about going for a walk. Instead, they think about hitting the gym and getting in line for all the treadmills and stationary cycles waiting to be used.  But walking, especially walking outdoors, can offer just as many benefits as the gym does, if not more. In fact, if the walk is brisk and long enough, you can burn just as many calories as you would while running or cycling. Here are just a few of the other benefits you can get simply by taking a walk.

Mental Health

In addition to the body's feel-good chemicals that are released during exercise, taking a walk exposes you to sunlight which means you're likely to get an extra dose of Vitamin D too. How does that boost your mental health? Well, this vitamin is linked to improved mental health because it helps reduce levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. Walking is also a great way to connect and socialize with others.

Joint Health

Want to reduce your risk of joint pain or injury? Going for a walk is the best way to do that! Walking is a low-impact and joint-friendly form of exercise. It's the perfect workout for those who suffer from joint pain or who are getting back into fitness after an injury. Just make sure you are walking fast enough to increase your heart rate if a great workout is what you are looking for.

Financial Health

That's right. We're going to talk about the financial aspect of walking. Did you know that short of a good pair of shoes, walking is one of the least expensive ways to work out? Of course you did! Everyone knows that, which is why walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise. All you need is a supportive pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and a desire to get moving! Nothing can beat the convenience and cost of a good walk.

Benefits of Walking

All in all, the benefits of walking are easy to attain. No matter how old you are or what your physical condition is like, walking should be on your to-do list every day of the week. So, start today! Lace up your shoes, grab your coat, and head outdoors. The benefits of doing so are too many to count, and it's so much better than heading to that hot, stinky gym down the road, don't you think?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Ogden, Utah.

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