Today's post is addressing a somewhat voluntary action our body does, walking. The following will educate us on why getting your steps in daily influences the holistic self.
We are living in a society where some of us have trouble adding movement into our day. Your job and modes of transportation have a large influence on your wellbeing. Some people drive, some people take the bus and some people unfortunately just aren't moving. With the uprising rates of chronic disease, it is essential that we understand how physical activity can help us. With the new notion around, "Sitting is the new smoking", many health practitioners are educating patients on the simple benefits of walking. Doctors are now prescribing walking as a treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension and other Chronic Diseases. I am in love with this idea since walking can be an easy step to add into your wellness routine.
I believe this topic is greatly overlooked. In the past, I did not recognize how many steps I was getting daily until I got a Fitbit in 2016 (Thank you grandparents!). To be completely honest, this was life changing. I always thought of myself as an active individual because of my participation in sports but my Fitbit told me otherwise. I noticed that I really wasn't moving that often. Since I started tracking these numbers, I know I will never go back.
10,000 steps a day is what most of the fitness and health experts recommend . Right now my goal is that is my daily goal. Last year it was 14,000 a day and the one before that, 17,000 a day. My point here is that the numbers will change based on the season and your overall wellbeing. Please don't let a number take over your life. Starting slow and steady is key to continue physical activity.
This may sound scary to some of us, 10,000 is a lot! If you are a healthy adult between ages 16-60 and you do not have any physical limitations you should aim for 8,000-10,000 steps daily. If you cannot meet this goal, start smaller! It will be difficult at times and that is okay. Some days you may have 15,000 steps and the next 6,000 steps, it is all about balance. Noticing your activity levels throughout the day tells you when to rest more or when to step it up.
Listed below are 11 scientifically known benefits to walking:
With walking being such a simple task, it can be fit into many tasks throughout your day. Here are some ideas of when you may not realize that you are actually engaging in light-moderate physical activity.
You see, physical activity is different than exercise. Physical activity is any activity that gets the heart rate up from resting. Such as gardening, taking the stairs or raking leaves. Exercise is planned physical activity. You may not see this as beneficial to the body however, anything that gets the heart rate up is worth it.
My trick to reaching these high goal numbers daily is adding in walking whenever I can. Here are 6 ideas of when you could walk a bit more:
I hope you have learned something about the many benefits of walking today and are excited to start adding it into your routine more often. Remember, you can start with as little as a 10 minute walk and add 5 minutes each time after that. It's okay to start slow. Thank you for reading. I hope you get to include more steps into your daily lives. Have a great day everyone!
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