Late summer is such a wonderful time of year for enjoying the outdoors. The cool-down at the end of the day has a refreshing breeze and golden-hour lighting can brighten up your mood instantly. We have the perfect opportunity in the next month to take advantage of the weather and walking is a great way to do so. The benefits of walking are many: weight loss, reduced stress, more energy, better sleep. In an article on walking in the local magazine Natural Awakenings, the writer cites a study by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program that says the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced with an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. Walking also reduces anxiety and clears your thinking. We wrote a blog on walking’s effects on brain health specifically a few months ago – here it is: Walking + Brain Health. Although perfectly good to do solo, the article also mentions the effects that walking has on meaningful exchanges. Getting outside with a friend or loved one is a great way to spend time together and connect while engaging in an exercise that will make both of you feel better. Therapists are now adopting a counseling style where they take walks with clients in order to help them to relax, find a sense of calm and foster more openness. We’d like to encourage you to get outside as much as possible – enjoy the fresh air, get your blood flowing, and use it as an opportunity to connect with someone in your life. Now is the time to take advantage…the sun is shining & the weather is sweet.
Source: Just Walk article by Randy Kambic in Natural Awakenings