“When I’m in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”
― Jim Butcher
Suffice it to say that we have a pair of legs for a reason. Some of us take them for granted and minimise its usage. Luxurious though it may seem at the beginning, things begin to take a different turn altogether sooner or later. So perhaps you might want to weigh the benefits of a sedentary, luxurious lifestyle against the more active, healthy lifestyle. And please note that the odds are always in favour of those with an active lifestyle. Besides bringing harmony in your emotional and physical lives, walking can do wonders you are not aware of.
Below are 20 reasons portraying the importance of morning walks:-
20. Adds years to your life!
And healthy years too! Of course anyone could live longer but not necessarily in a fit state. So if you think you still need to accomplish more in your life, start walking! You just might increase your lifespan.
19. Boosts your immunity.
A study by Appalachian State University showed that those who walked for at least 20 minutes a day, and five times a week experienced 43 percent fewer days of sickness than those who exercised once a week or didn’t exercise at all!
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18. Improves heart conditions.
The best part is that you need not push yourself to the edge by extremely fatiguing work outs to improve the condition of your heart. Walking for about 30 minutes a day could reap the same benefits.
17. A good substitute for exercise!
This is especially suitable for those who cannot engage in other exercises. Anything ranging from slow paced walking to brisk walking is equivalent to exercise. You only need to allot some extra time to your walking!
16. Reduces the risk of dying from cancer.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support walking a mile a day reduces your chances of dying from cancer by 40 percent. Those with prostate and breast cancer can reduce their risk of dying by walking for about 20 minutes everyday.
15. Prevents osteoporosis.
Walking allows you to maintain the amount of thickness of your bones, thereby preventing conditions like osteoporosis. According to webmd, “walking as little as five miles a week can help build your bone health.”
14. Augments mental health.
Degeneration of the brain during medium to old age has become quite common indeed! And once it develops there is little that you can do about it. Alzheimer’s is one such disease. The good news is that exercise in any form from an early age can help cut your risk of developing such forms of mental loss considerably!
13. Lowers the risk of obesity.
Obesity although harmful by itself helps trigger may other life threatening diseases! So walking is your chance to fight obesity and maintain a good healthy body.
12. Maintains blood pressure levels.
Many people develop a high blood pressure level at a young age due to stressful periods. A good way to pull down the high blood pressure level is by walking routinely. It helps lower the risk of developing high blood pressure levels as well.
11. Morning walk helps fix your routine.
Well, this or a door bell ring early in the morning are your only two reasons for waking up in the morning! As much as walking is important by itself so is the effect it has on your routine. Sleeping early and rising early in the morning gives you an added advantage over those who don’t. You get more time for morning chores, thereby giving you a sense of relaxation for the rest of the day.
10. Helps maintain blood sugar levels!
Walking is highly recommended for diabetic patients. In some diabetic cases doctors recommend walking over medications!
9. Also helps maintain blood lipid profile!
Your lipid profile tests brings to light the levels of fat in your blood. High lipid profiles are the most common cause for heart related diseases. Walking along with a change in your diet can help keep your lipid profile on check.
8. Lifts the mood!
By walking you are involuntarily causing the release of endorphin. Endorphin is somewhat like morphine; it lowers your sensation of pain and leaves you feeling positive.
7. Works in favour of those with arthritis!
Walking and other correct forms of exercise is essential for those with arthritis! It helps regain flexibility and reduces the terrible joint pains! Initially this might seem rather difficult but it works wonders soon enough.
6. Allows you to take a break!
Besides giving you a healthy body, walking also enables you to take a break from the rest of your work. You can use this time to breathe in some fresh air and divert your thoughts from your otherwise busy and stressful schedule.
5. And it is next to meditation.
It is not very different from meditation. In fact sometimes it is better because your body is in motion while meditating. Walking alone gives you time to dig into your thoughts and get in touch with your inner self. Being able to connect with yourself is an important step towards maintaining a good quality of life. It gives us an understanding of who we are and what we want.
4. Improves muscle endurance!
Muscle endurance is the ability of our muscles to work continuously for longer hours. Walking helps build muscle endurance, thereby making you less tired from otherwise fatiguing activities. In simple words it helps you do more work without getting too tired! Now wouldn’t you like that?
3. Helps lose that extra fat!
Walking may not help lose weight in case you are already fit but it certainly helps those who are unfit. Brisk walking for thirty minutes a day helps you lose an extra 150 calories in a day. It might not get you a model figure but it will make you healthy. Besides a model figure isn’t necessarily healthy!
2. Gives you additional motivation.
In the beginning you might feel extremely lazy to get out of bed, but after giving it a few days you will feel self-motivated. You begin to look forward to your mornings! Just looking at so many people walking and exercising in the morning gives you an extra boost and keeps you motivated for the walk and everything else that comes your way!
1. Gives you a kick start for your day!
Exercise and you will no longer require that dose of caffeine before your work. Most of us need chai or a cup of coffee to really wake up in the morning! Walking beautifully replaces that need and gives you a natural freshness.