Like most adults, I’m sure you have struggled at one point or another with having the energy to get through the day. This is common with the stresses and excitement that surround our day-to-day lives. However, if you find that you lack a proper amount of energy on a daily basis, you may be surprised how much you can gain by adding walking to your daily routine.
People who struggle with a lack of energy can usually fix the issue simply by getting more sleep or changing their eating habits, but they overlook the benefits that can be reaped simply by taking short 30 to 60-minute walks every day.
Walking is the most basic of human skills and most take the ability to do it for granted. Getting your body moving every day has many benefits. A few of the most widely known are:
Increased blood flow in the body
Healthy muscles and bones
Balanced body weight
Improved lung strength
These are just a few of the benefits your body gets from walking. When you walk regularly, your body uses the extra oxygen you are flooding your muscles with to increase your natural energy levels.
Walking, an aerobic exercise, combined with a healthy diet will boost your energy, but it will also improve your day-to-day mood and quality of life. This is why your doctors and other healthcare providers recommend that if you are not engaging in regular exercise you begin walking whenever you can.
When is Walking Most Beneficial for Me?
If you are including walking into your routine to boost your energy, you will want to make time for it in the morning before your daily commitments – such as work, volunteering, errands, or school - begin.
Some people run on schedules that require them to be up quite early and do not find it convenient to go for a walk in the wee hours of the morning. If this is the case for you, consider walking during your lunch hour at work or in the evening a few hours before you are planning to go to bed.
Walking before bed may seem counterproductive, but it is not at all. Walking before bed and then getting at least the recommended eight hours of sleep will supply you with the energy you need either right in the morning or shortly after breakfast. Food, if you choose it wisely, accompanied with your new aerobic exercise routine is the best way to supply your body with the energy that you need to be productive throughout the day.
Walking to Change Your Life
Starting new habits and making changes in your life is difficult, but well worth the effort. Adding walking to your routine is relatively simple and reaps maximum results. If you are finding it is difficult to find the time to walk, try making a game out of it. Take an empty jar, write “Walk” on it, and place a dollar in it every time you go for a walk. When the jar is full, you can get yourself something exciting as a reward.
A reward system is always a good way to help yourself stick to your goals. Once it becomes a habit, you will be surprised how much your natural energy levels have improved simply from taking the time to walk and enjoy the world around you. You may also find it easier to fit in a walk when you schedule one with a friend or a relative.
Walking with someone always makes it go faster.
Walking is the oldest form of travel and is overlooked in terms of physical exercise in today’s society. Getting started may seem daunting, but you won’t regret the decision to begin once you begin reaping the benefits. You may also find that walking has become your new favorite activity!