Wanna lose some weight but you hate going to the gym or running? If you enjoy walking, you can do it too!
According to experts, it is not necessary for you to walk for hours to reap the benefits of an early morning stroll. Even just a 10-15 minutes-walk can make the difference.
If you walk about seven kilometers per hour for about 42 minutes, you can burn as many calories as a runner. Moreover, you will also improve your overall health. The faster you walk the less risk of life-threatening health problems you will have.
The more steps you take throughout the day, the better your mood is. Walking releases endorphins (just like other forms of exercise) and leaves you feeling happier, according to recent studies.
Count the number of steps you take during your quick intervals and try to beat it in later workouts. If you're walking with a friend, ask them to keep track of their numbers and compare them at the end of the workout. This will motivate you to increase your speed and improve your endurance.
3 reasons why you should go for a walk
It increases focus
According to research published by Harvard Medical School, a 20-30-minutes exercise can help you be more focused on your tasks and it can also sharpen decision making.
It promotes mindfulness
Mindfulness is an excellent way to reconnect with yourself to feel more in tune with your body and it has been proven to benefit mental health. Walking in the morning is a chance for you to be more mindful in the present moment. So instead of spending time with your phone, put your sneakers on and go for a walk. You should avoid using headphones and hear the sounds of nature, instead. What are you waiting for?
It improves sleep
A study done in 2017 found that people who are usually exposed to great amounts of daylight, between 8 am and noon, can fall asleep easier than those who do not tend to be exposed to light. How is that possible? The answer is the circadian rhythm. The light regulates our circadian rhythm leading to hormone levels helping us achieve a good night’s sleep.