For years, I’ve read about the many advantages of walking, and I’m sure you have, too. Among its plethora of benefits, it improves endurance, helps with hydration, burns calories, increases longevity, and reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses. It’s a great activity to continue into advanced age, or to incorporate into any work-out routine. And recently, I discovered it has some unusual perks that I want to share with you.
- It helps our skin look younger. A study from Bispebjerg Hospital in Denmark found that exercise, including regular walking, stimulates collagen and elastin production and improves skin’s thickness. These benefits work together to make skin more wrinkle-resistant.
- It helps curb our desire for sweets. From this Harvard Health write-up: research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a variety of sugary snacks. A great reason to stroll after dinner!
- It gets us out of worrisome thinking patterns. In his book In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration, renowned Dublin neuroscientist Shane O’Mara writes (walking) sets our thoughts free. Further, he says it is a holistic activity. Every aspect of it aids every aspect of one’s being, including our disposition.
- It stokes the fires of creativity. Stanford University research shows that creativity improves while a person is walking and shortly thereafter. Maybe that’s the reason some of us pace when we’re trying to work out a problem.
- It can become your daily meditation. For the first few minutes, take it slow and be mindful of every step, each pebble underfoot, and the presence of the sun’s warmth on your face. For more info on walking meditations, check out this link from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
Of course, ambling alongside a creek, in a forest, canyon, or amongst wildflowers multiplies these benefits and adds many others. But you knew that already!
Now you have even more reasons to take that daily walk. The advantages above assist us in reaching greater potential. So what are you waiting for?!
Blessings for Happy Strolls,
On Thursday, September 15th, Marsha from Always Write and I are co-hosting a blogger meet-up at a restaurant in Mayer, Arizona, near Prescott Valley. If you can meet us for lunch (& lots of fun!) please RSVP to one of us. Hope to see you there!
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