Self Care – Walking

I did it. I’ve been walking between 2 to 4 miles a day. The fortunate aspect of this walking habit is that I live in a small town and most of the businesses I need to frequent for errands are within a mile from my boat. The furthest I need to walk is 1.7 miles one way to the bank (so that’s 3.4 miles that day), which I visit once or twice a week. Other days I walk to and from work about 2 miles a day.

I really want to share the benefits I’ve been receiving from this daily walk. Before, when I was working on the boat writing blogs or planning marketing for the massage┬ábusiness, I would get depressed from being home alone and sitting for long periods of time in front of the computer. I realized that since I’ve been walking, I don’t get depressed ┬ánor do I feel jittery and unfocused. I remember as a young (twenty something) person, I was very physically active, happy and focused. It seems that walking, especially first thing in the morning, wakes up my body, loosens the joints, activates the lymphatic system, cleans out toxins (accumulation of which I believe are a contributing cause of depression) and tones every muscle in the body. I’m talking about brisk walking with arms swinging and hips swaying.

Ask a friend to walk with you, catch up on the latest news and derive some health benefits at the same time. Walking in nature wakes up your senses as you breath in the fresh air and feel the sun on your face. What an awesome way to start your day.

So I want to share with you 20 Benefits of Walking.

  1. It’s accessible to everyone.
  2. Helps with weight management.
  3. Doesn’t require special equipment.
  4. One of the easiest ways to become more active.
  5. Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  6. It’s a low impact exercise.
  7. Lowers low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL – the bad cholesterol).
  8. Raises high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL – the good cholesterol).
  9. Lowers blood pressure.
  10. Reduces the risk of some cancers.
  11. Helps reduce risk and aids with the management of Type 2 Diabetes.
  12. Improves mood.
  13. Helps maintain strong bones.
  14. Reduces the risk of heart attack.
  15. Less likely to lead to injuries.
  16. Reduces stress.
  17. Reduces risk of heart disease.
  18. FREE – you don’t have to pay for it.
  19. Builds aerobic fitness.
  20. Helps maintain lean muscle tissue.

My favorite stretches before and after walking.

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Tell me about your walking experiences, I would love to hear from you.

Many Blessings,

Kathy Brokos, LMT

 

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