A Walk A Day Keeps the Insanity Away

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Going on walks has a plethora of physical and mental benefits.

Nina Goodwin, Business Manager

   Walking is one way that many people have been able to leave their homes without risking the dangers of COVID-19 during the Stay-at-Home order.

   There have been many physical and mental benefits tied to walking. So while the state is on lockdown, now is the time to take advantage of your free time and walk.

   The physical benefits of walking include: managing weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of some cancers, maintaining bone density, reducing risks of osteoporosis and fractures, improving balance and coordination, and reducing the risk of injuries (https://walking.heartfoundation.org.au/benefits-of-walking). 

   Walking can increase your body’s health and reduce your risk of injury and disease.

   The mental benefits of walking are: improving self-perception and self-esteem, increasing ones’ well-being, increasing mood and sleep quality, and reducing stress, anxiety, and fatigue. There is also a reduced risk of becoming depressed by 30% when you are more physically active (https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/get-walking/why-walk/healthy-minds).

   So, walking can help improve your mental health.

   The average amount of steps one should take per day is 10,000. However, the average American walks about 5,000 to 7,000 steps per day. 

   LCN Alumni, Hailey Murphy, goes on daily walks. Murphy states, “I like to go on walks because it diverts my attention from everything going on in the world, to just enjoy nature.”

   Murphy also thinks it has improved her mental health, “Walking has actually improved my mood a lot. I go on walks with my family and they always make my days better.”

   It is important to get your body moving, especially when we do not have school and work to keep us active.