Exercise is one of the most important things in our daily lives. Gym membership continues to grow on a daily basis all over the world. But did you know there are exercises you can do own your own without stepping on the gym? Walking is one of them. Apart from improving your physical health and saving you cash that you could have spent on gym membership, this simple exercise turns out to have a lot of other benefits to you and your family than you can imagine. Find out how the whole family can benefit from walking.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine carried out a study that showed how a daily 20-minute walk can help improve your sleep quality. The study discovered that a person is able to sleep more soundly and also feel energetic as they wake up.
Improves your mood
Endorphins are hormones which are usually released when a person engages in physical activity of any kind, they help in boosting the mood of the individual. Symptoms of mild depression can also be eased to moderate depression by doing regular exercises such as walking. This is because you will create a sense of mindfulness when you enjoy the walk.
Benefits the environment
Did you know you can reduce pollution by taking a simple walk? This is how; by leaving your car at home and taking a simple walk you will have reduced harmful emissions. If your work place, preferred shop or local park are just a walking distance you will just be taking a leisurely stroll.
Reconnects with nature
Appreciating the beauty of nature is most comfortable and fulfilling when you are closer to the environment itself; taking a walk guarantees all this. You will be able to hear the birds singing, be closer to those beautiful flowers and breathe in some wild scents such as garlic. You may be lucky to also spot some wild animals and be able to take some pictures of trees, plants and other creatures.
A perfect family activity
There are many commitments such as social, school and work that usually consume a lot of time leaving the family with little time for bonding. By properly planning with the rest of the family members you can create time for a little walk. This will help the family bond and enjoy nature together. You can also make it more fun by trying geocaching. There is also a chance of meeting other families as you walk around, giving a chance to add new people to your circle of friends as you enjoy the fresh air.
Below are some of the useful walking tips as your family plans on the next walk; Wear shoes that you are comfortable with, take snacks and water bottle for your fuel but remember not to litter the environment, a basic first aid kit that has sun scream, plasters and antihistamines is important for your safety, you may also carry a waterproof coat just in case the rain starts while you are enjoying your walk.