The days are shorter and the hours of daylight outside of work and school are limited. As a result, the number one thing that most people stop doing this time of year is getting outdoors.
But, getting out for a long walk is one of the best things you can do for improved health and happiness this autumn. So pull those walking shoes back out - it will have a great impact on your health, lift your mood, and fend off the winter blues.
There are even some bonuses to walking in Autumn:
- Gorgeous views of fall scenery
- Panoramic blue skies
- Quiet walking paths
- Cute scarfs and hats
- Kicking leaves up under your feet
- Warming up with a cup of hot tea when you get home
Feeling more motivated to get outside? If you still aren't convinced, let me share with you the many other reasons I so highly recommend walking.
1. Nearly anyone can do it
Walking doesn't require fancy equipment, a gym membership, or complicated technique. You are very unlikely to injure yourself if you go at your own pace.
2. It relieves stress
Going for a walk on a stressful day can melt away the tension. Ideally, take that walk in nature . . . on a trail in the woods or around the lake at a park.
3. Improves your brain health
Walking is good for your brain and overall mental health. In fact, a study found that in people over the age of 60 who walked more than a quarter of a mile a day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
4. Tones your muscles
You aren't lifting weights, but you are moving your body weight when you walk. You will tone your leg, back, and stomach muscles if you stay aware of your posture - upright with your shoulders back, stomach in and head held high.
5. Keeps you active at any age
Walking will help improve your mobility and independence no matter your age. It keeps your muscles agile and joints moving smoothly to reduce the likelihood of aches and stiffness creeping up later in life.
6. Improves energy
A brisk walk raises your heart rate to fend off that mid-afternoon energy crash. Staying fit in this way also helps your body use the calories you eat for energy instead of storing them as fat.
The secret to achieving all these benefits is a simple walk. Its the foundation for good health and will undoubtedly enhance the quality of your life. By keeping active with a walking habit year round, you will be ready for longer more vigorous activities when the warmer months come around. Your body will also be less likely to experience soreness or risk injury in your daily life.
If aches and pains already keep you from walking for health and enjoyment request a copy of our free report that has helped many of our clients. . . FREE REPORT: 7 Secret Recovery Strategies That Pro Athletes Know and Use. It's all about simple solutions to getting and staying fit. Just click the download link below to get it for FREE.