Taking a Daily Walk Can Improve Your Life
Taking a daily walk to improve your life isn’t just about the physical benefits – although losing weight, improving muscle tone and reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes are critical to your ongoing health.
A daily walk that gets you breathing more rapidly will also lead to
- Better mood
- Increased energy
- Sounder sleep
- Improved sex life
and, best of all, it’s something that’s easy, cost effective and fun to do.
Improve Your Mood
As you walk, you’ll burn calories, lose weight, get more toned and as a result feel better about yourself. And when you feel better about yourself, your confidence and self-esteem also improve.
Walking is a great way to relieve the stress of a hard day at work.
When you walk, endorphins – the feel-good hormones – are released in your brain, making you feel happier and more relaxed.
Increase Your Energy
Brisk walking improves your cardiovascular system that in turn allows more blood flow to your muscles and tissue to boost your strength and endurance.
Plus, because walking is a good cardio exercise, you’ll lose weight. Logically, not having as much weight to carry around will give you more energy because your body doesn’t have to work as hard doing the everyday tasks as it did when you were heavier.
Sleep More Soundly
Going for a daily 30-minute walk can help you get to sleep faster – and stay asleep.
While you are asleep a lot happens inside your body. This is the time when your body repairs and builds muscle tissue and cells.
It stands to reason if you give your body more time to repair itself while you are asleep, it will be in a better state when you wake up in the morning.
Improve Your Sex Life
If you are too tired or too out of shape, you can’t enjoy physical intimacy the way you should.
Not only does this affect you, but your mate also.
When you lose weight and get in shape, not only do you feel better, but you look better too, giving you more confidence that you can please your mate.
Studies also have shown that men who exercise have less problems with erectile dysfunction than those who don’t.
And finally, walking is fun. It gets you out of the house and gives you a chance to enjoy the outdoors – witness new sights and smells and hear the birds sing.
If you walk with a friend, it’s a great way to socialize and hold each other accountable. You may not feel like taking a walk one day, but because you don’t want to let the other person down, you’ll make the effort. Once finished, you’ll be glad you did.
Whilst fitness is probably your main aim when you started, there are several other ways that taking a daily walk can improve your life.
So strap on your walking shoes and get started today!