There’s something to be said for keeping things simple. Walking is actually one of the simplest and best exercises. Walking is free, doesn’t require any equipment or special skills, and you can do it almost anywhere. Plus, it’s nice to get up, stretch your legs, and get some sunshine and fresh air.
But as much as walking is fun, most of us keep busy. It is not always in our mind that we should take a break for a walk. The good news is that no matter how much walking you do – no matter how short – you will benefit.
That’s why we invite you to join the 5-Day Walking Challenge to walk 10 minutes each day (or whatever you can) from June 1st to June 5th, 2021.
Can walking a few minutes really make a difference? Yes!
There are many reasons why walking is a great exercise. It benefits your overall physical and emotional health, including your heart, lungs, circulatory system, bones, muscles, joints and even your brain.
Here are some other benefits you might not know about.
Helps in reducing back pain. Sitting for a long time can be a major cause of back pain. Studies 4 have shown that regular walking reduces low back pain and improves quality of life.
Improves creativity and thinking. Taking a walk break during your workday can be one of the most productive things you can do. a study found it That walking increased creativity by 60%. It can also help you stay focused on a task and solve problems more efficiently (Harvard)
Quickly reduces stress and anxiety. A 10-minute walk can be just as good as a 45-minute workout, suggest psychologists about how exercise relieves anxiety and depression. Studies show that a brisk walk or other simple activity can provide several hours of relief, similar to taking aspirin for a headache. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
You’ll sleep better. research is found it That people who increase the time they spend walking every day, they get a good night’s sleep.
Sunlight helps your body make vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for maintaining healthy bones and preventing certain diseases. Vitamin D produced in the skin can stay in the blood at least twice as long than ingested vitamin D (source)
It is doable. Scheduling a one-hour workout can be difficult for many people. But no matter how busy you are, you can set aside five or 10 minutes at some point in your day. In fact, the busiest days are when we need to walk the most.
Helps you build a good habit. That’s a huge benefit of doing a multi-day challenge. Plus, once you’re out there, chances are you’ll want to walk for more than 10 minutes—that’ll give you even more mileage. And, hopefully, you’ll enjoy your first five days so much that you’ll keep going after the challenge.
Like any exercise regimen, be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new program if you have risk factors.‘is suitable for you.
Tips for doing the Walking Challenge
- Set a regular time to walk. Making it a scheduled part of your day helps to create a habit that you will stick to. Create an alarm or alert in your smartphone calendar to remind you.
- Drink water before, during, and after exercise – especially if the weather is hot or humid.
- Wear supportive, comfortable athletic shoes.
- Go at your own pace. The goal of this challenge is to just walk every day. It can be slow or fast as you wish.
- No matter how much time you count, even it is only a few minutes. Do whatever you can.
- If the weather is bad, there is no need to skip a day. Walk around your home, an indoor mall or gym, or do a video workout instead (you’ll still be getting the steps!).
- Print out the Walking Challenge graphic below. Mark each day that you walk, and how many minutes. Celebrate your achievement!
Ways to keep it fun and interesting
- Set up a playlist of your favorite tunes to play. But for safety’s sake, make sure you can always hear your surroundings.
- Listen to a podcast or audio book.
- Take a walk with a friend or family member.
- Call and hold someone while you’re walking.
- walk your dog.
- Find new places to go. I love walking around my neighborhood, but I also enjoy a change of scenery by taking a short drive and walking downtown or in other neighborhoods.
- Explore parks and trails. Actually, Saturday is June 5th national trails day – A perfect day to walk a beautiful trail. find a lot Ideas for Places to Visit in North Carolina Here on the blog.
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be sure to follow @bluecrossNC And me @MRhealthyliving Follow us on Twitter or Instagram for helpful tips on each day of the Walking Challenge.
And you know what they say: “Photos or it didn’t happen!” Inspire others by posting a selfie or picture of the scenery from your walk each day. Use the hashtag #walkingchallenge2021 so we can find your posts.
I’m doing a walking challenge with you, and look forward to joining you on social media to make you happy!
If you’re reading this after June 5th, any time is a great time to do the walking challenge yourself. So why not start today? You will do something good for your health.
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