Why walking is important?
Walking is a great activity to include in your regular routine. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day will provide a wide variety of health benefits, including:
- Stronger muscles, bones, and joints
- Weight loss or weight maintenance (whatever your goal is!)
- Helps you sleep better
- Improves cognitive functions such as memory and attention
- Improves lung function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves mood
- More vitamin D
If you are not much of a walker already, start with realistic goals, like one half-hour walk per day. Brisk walks will provide more physical benefits, but leisurely walks can be extremely relaxing and be better for improving mood. Make your daily walk a chance to have some “me time” with no electronic device. Take time to explore and enjoy your surroundings. Bring along the family, or go solo. On weekends, seek out one of the many beautiful hiking trails we have in New England. Whichever way you choose to do it, just get moving!