Who doesn’t love a good Wellness tip? And on a Wednesday! Hence: Wellness Wednesday. Today’s Wellness Wednesday is all about WALKING.
In college, I walked EVERYWHERE: to class, the libraries, my friends, the bars, wherever. The busses were never on time, I didn’t usually have a car, and Uber didn’t exist. Oh, and my bike was stolen freshman year so, that’s nice! Even though now I drive pretty much everywhere, I’ve always had a pretty active job so that along with regular workouts meant I was moving a lot. And then I was hit with a job that leaves me chained to my desk for a large portion of the day. THE HORROR.
So now, I LOVE WALKING! Running and working out regularly is just not enough. Every break during the workday is spent walking; I cannot understand how my colleagues can sit allFRICKENday AND sit during their lunches/breaks. I It’s like, do these people even realize the benefits of walking? Do you? YOU DON’T?! Well lemme tell ya:
~Wellness Wednesday: The Benefits of Walking:
- Movement: it should come as no surprise that nearly 80% of adult Americans do not get enough exercise. The CDC recommends that adults get 2.5 hours of exercise per WEEK and 80% of us don’t even come close to that. A 30-minute walk once a day, every day, would put you at 3.5 hours a week. Or break it up: 2 15-minute walks a day. You can do it! You should do it.
- Maintain a healthy weight: in other shocking news, 2 out of 3 adults in the US are considered overweight or obese while children (6-19) are 1 out of every 3! That is depressing. Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight; not only are you burning off some energy, but you aren’t spending that time with one hand on the remote and the other in a bag of Cheetos. So, it’s like a double-win. And for the record: I prefer BBQ chips.
- Improves yo’ mood: As Elle Woods so eloquently stated, “exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t!” But really, walking (and exercising in general) releases endorphins which are basically just uppers produced by your body! So they aren’t harmful! But they are addictive 😉
- Improves a lot of things in your body: like, a stronger heart, lowers your blood pressure, improves circulation, reduce risk of osteoporosis, and just generally helps you DO more for a longer period of time.
Walking has so many benefits and BEST OF ALL: it’s completely free. You don’t need any special equipment, although I recommend not wearing flip flops (even though I walk in my rainbows all the time…). On your lunch break? Get outside and walk. Stop sitting all fricken day. Do you have a dog? Take him for a walk. Do you have kids? Start healthy habits early. What about grandparents? I’m sure, if they’re able, they would love to walk with you.
That’s all I’ve got for this Wellness Wednesday. Coming up next on the blog: a recipe! Finally! Rejoice, my friends.