It happened without my noticing. After moving into our new place in October 2017, I stopped walking! I might have been hopping onto the treadmill five days a week for the first few months, but I wasn't venturing outside like I used to. Before moving, I made it a habit to walk through my neighborhood daily, especially in the spring and summer months. But, with all the changes that come with moving, I am still trying to find my rhythm in our new place and neighborhood. Now, part of that rhythm includes driving a few minutes to my old neighborhood for daily walks.
Benefits of Walking
Something special happens while I'm walking in nature, especially now that the weather in perfect, the flowers are bluing, leaves are vibrant, and the birds and squirrels are back. Spring has sprung here in LA, and my daily walks make me feel grateful to be alive. Plus, there are many benefits to the time I spend walking up and down our neighborhood hills and streets.
- Trim waistline
- Improve heart health
- Improve mental attitude
- Reduce excess weight
- Improve balance and coordination
- Strengthen bones
- Increase lifespan
- Reduce stress
- Improve memory
- Improve ability to think clearly
- Boost immune system
- Time to think
- Time to meditate and pray
- Stirs creative juices
- Release endorphins and improve mood
- Strengthen and tone legs
- Improve frequency and ease of bowel movements
- Firm glutes when walking uphill
- Increase lung function
- Improve blood lipid levels to reduce risk of heart disease
- Reduce risk of cancer
- Reduce sleep disorders
- Reduce PMS
- Reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Improve sex drive
- Increase energy
- Speed metabolism
- Improve circulation
When walking, be sure to wear the right kind of sneakers when walking. You'll want a pair made for walking and running, that fits properly, especially when wearing socks, and helps keep pressure off the balls of your feet, your heels, ankles and knees. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes that will keep you either warm or cool, depending on the weather. Also, be sure to designate special workout gear for your walks. You don't want to wear things you also wear to go out.
If you have an iPhone, it tracks your movement automatically, which can be checked in the Health app that comes standard with your phone. According to the app, my daily walk is about 2 miles, and takes me about 30 minutes to complete. And afterward, I feel energized and ready to tackle a few hours of work before lunch.
These walks may seem simple, but they are life changers! They shift my energy and gratitude, and help my body feel better and operate more smoothly. As the weather clears up in your city, be sure to add a daily or weekly walk to your routine.