PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER. WALK.
Think about it; walking has to be the simplest exercise ever, the simplest piece of choreography we could imagine. It's also one of the most valuable things we can do for our physical and mental health. Especially during a health crisis.
- Reduce Anxiety.
When you reduce anxiety, you can also improve your mood. It all has to do with walking being able to modify your nervous system — and to the extent that you experience a decrease in anger, anxiety, and tension.
- Reduce the possibility of chronic disease.
Research studies from the American Diabetes Association show that a regular walking regime can lower your blood sugar levels and your overall risk of diabetes. Researchers also found that regular walking significantly lowered blood pressure — and reduced the risk of stroke by up to 40%.
- Elevate immunity.
And here’s another consideration that’s particularly significant right now. Walking can help reduce the risk of disease and, at the same time, promote longevity. There’s another research study that suggests high-intensity interval walking can help improve immunity for older adults with rheumatoid arthritis.
- An added benefit, a good night’s sleep.
Our sleep hormone is called melatonin. And melatonin is elevated naturally by walking. At the same time, putting one foot in front of the other helps reduce pain and stress, which can also cause interrupted sleep.