Hello Loyal Soup People! The amazing weather we’ve been enjoying lately got me thinking about my favorite activity – walking! I like to go for a brisk walk every day as a form of exercise. I’ve recently learned how great this activity is for your health, and I wanted share some of this information with you.
– Brisk walking has similar benefits to running! It can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. As long as your heart rate is elevated, and you’re breathing a little heavier than normal, you’re fighting these diseases!
– Short, five minute walks every hour can help stave off the risks associated with sitting for long periods of time at your desk. As we’ve recently learned, “sitting is the new smoking.” Going for small walks throughout the day does the body good.
– Walking can help control your blood sugar. Walking for 15 minutes after each meal has been shown to control our blood sugar levels over a 24 hour period. The benefits of this type of walking were even better than if you walked 45 minutes all at once.
– Walking gets the creative juices flowing! Going for outdoor walks can help lift your mood and stimulate your creative side. Experiencing writers block? Go for a short hike!
The benefits of walking are really endless. I also like walking because it requires no fancy gear, membership, or extensive training. I like to think of it as a “gateway” exercise. Once you get used to walking regularly, you might be tempted to start running or even more! What a great habit!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!