Emotional Balance and Clarity
You know how some days everything just seem out of whack? The easiest fix for that is walking. Reset your focus and I walk away the gloom.
Good for Thinking
On a walk, you can relax your mind and let it wander, and just take in the and scenery. I've done my best work when out walking (or jogging). Something or someone will spark a new thought.
I've always been a runner. However recently a few days myy body just said no, so I went for a walk instead. What happened next was amazing: I worked up a sweat without killing my joints! I felt rejuvenated, inspired, and I had a sense of accomplishment. Even better: I burned the same amount of calories in my 40 minutes of walking that I would have in 25 minutes of running.
A walk provides almost instantaneous stress relief. Numerous studies show that it can lower levels of stress hormones. But I know from personal experience that—when I am feeling crazed and overwhelmed—I need a walk. Immediately, I begin to feel better physically, mentally, and spiritually. These stress hormones can cause weight gain, memory loss, and high blood pressure. Suffering from auto-immune symptoms? WALK.....
When I started walking around my neighborhood, I looked at the nature, people, and surroundings in a different way. I live in Santa Monica, California, which is a pretty busy city. It's easy to rush around in your car and miss your surroundings. Once I began walking, I discovered beautiful gardens and houses that I had never noticed. I've recently moved to a new part of town. I walk at night very often. It's amazing the new perspective I have. I walk past the beach, down the sidewalk, into town. Can't help but feel great.
A New Kind Of Toning
After walking for a few months, I became aware that I was targeting and building muscles that my other routines neglected. Walking uses different muscle groups even then running muscles. Another reason to switch it up.
It's Just Fun!
Last and definitely not least,walking is fun! Movement is a gift: I always look forward to a walk. I never see it as something I have to do—I want to do it.