Why Should I Go Outside For a Walk?
As the sun and warm weather starts to come around, many are going to be feeling the urge to get more active. However, with many facilities, gymnasiums, and community centers being closed due to COVID-19, finding ways to exercise outside of the house might become difficult. Even though there is limited equipment to use, there is one simple movement many can perform without anything at all other than your own two legs! Walking has a significant number of benefits not only to your physical well-being but to your mental and emotional health as well.
- Sensory stimulation
As we are asked to stay inside as much as we can, it can be frustrating being in the same areas for long periods of time. Home is where we are comfortable and are typically exposed to the same things each day. When going outside, we are entering an entirely new experience as soon as we open the front door! There are suddenly new smells, sounds, and visual cues all around us. Just walking around the block can provide our brains with healthy stimulation because when we are in a regular routine, our brains can sometimes go into snooze mode until we revive it with something different.
This goes without saying that walking is a great exercise in general. It is an easy way to increase your heart rate without overworking your body. Walking allows you to burn calories while partaking in a low impact activity that is good for the joints. In one hour on flat ground, walking burns up to 200-300 calories. If you want to increase the intensity, you can walk up a hill or change up the terrain! Make sure you are wearing comfortable footwear.
3. Stress reliever
Being stuck inside no matter where you live has the potential to be extremely stressful. Cabin fever sets in and with most people’s favorite go-to places being closed until further notice, escape from life’s frustrations aren’t as easy to get to. Taking a short break to walk outside for any given time will do wonders for your mental health. Endorphins are released from the brain which increases your positive outlook and behaviors. You will feel completely refreshed walking back home, ready to tackle whatever
projects you have no matter how big or small!
4. Easy commitment
Unless there is a legitimate reason, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t incorporate walking into your daily schedule. Whether it is 15 minutes or 2 hours, moving your body is essential to your overall well-being and is so easy to do! Getting your family members or people you are living with involved allows for quality bonding, laughter, and newfound memories to be made together. Take advantage of the time you have before it goes away.