The Delights And Benefits Of Walking And Getting In Touch With Nature
Spending time in nature can benefit mental wellbeing in a huge number of ways. It is thought that people who live closer to nature are 20% less likely to suffer from anxiety and 40% less likely to experience mood disorders. Hence reconnecting with nature, whether walking, jogging, exercising or just getting outside and enjoying your environment is vital for well being.
There’s also an eternal chasm between the athletes who think that the only way to do cardio is high-intensity interval training and those who think jogging or cycling is the way to go. However, as with so many polarizing topics in strength sports, there is a middle ground. Walking may be one of the more underrated and accessible ways to improve your health.
A brisk walk can do wonders for pretty much every area of your fitness. Fitting in a few 45-minute strolls per week — especially at a pace of, say, three or four miles an hour — is one of the smartest things you can do for your joints, immune system, heart, brain, and a lot more. It’s not high-tech, it doesn’t necessarily look cool on Instagram, and many athletes seem to have forgotten its usefulness. But hitting your daily step goal can do wonders for your body and mind.
Benefits of Walking:
Improves Joint Pain
Reduces Osteoarthritis Pain
Improves Immune System
Better Heart Health
Improves Mental Health
Contributes to Weight Loss
Improves Spine Health
Walking at least 10,000 steps per day can help reduce blood pressure and improve V02 max. But that doesn’t mean that the potentially daunting number of 10,000 steps is the only thing that can help. Research suggests that taking between 4,400 and 7,500 steps a day — when compared to taking 2,700 steps per day — can reduce mortality rates. You can customize your daily step goal based on what feels accessible to you — because the more often you can hit that personalized goal (instead of an arbitrary goal set by someone else), the more likely you might be to actually walk it out.
And sticking with your walking goal can really improve your cardiovascular health. It can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease-related illnesses. Although it may seem that more vigorous activity has better health outcomes, research suggests that walking and jogging can produce similar risk reductions of cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Improves Mental Health
Mental and physical health go hand in hand. Studies suggest that those suffering from serious mental illness may be more susceptible to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research in this study shows that implementing exercise like walking for 30 minutes just three days a week can help reduce anxiety, depression, and negative mood, while improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
Read the following article to find out more about the benefits of walking. It will take you through 10 benefits of walking for strength athletes — and pretty much everyone. It’ll also introduce you to some ways to introduce creativity to your daily walk to stave off monotony and increase your gains without turning your walk into a jog. So, reconnect with nature, whether it’s through walking, gardening, or even adding some greenery to your décor.