Have You Gone for a Walk (Outside)?

After crawling, walking has always been inevitable for going from place to place, not just for me, but for all of us. When was the last time you went out for a walk?

Do you need reasons to go out for a walk? Here are some of my reasons:

1. It reduces stress.

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Walking is a great stress-reducer. When you walk in the fresh air, it’s really calming and feels really pleasant. You may find this to be especially true if you walk in places like parks or other spaces with lots of greenery.

2. It helps you think.

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When you’re stuck on a problem or in the midst of finding a solution, you may find that going for a walk can make it easier to find solutions.

3. You have time to think about things you otherwise wouldn’t think about.

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Besides paying attention to where you’re going, what else will you be doing? Whether it’s in a conversation or you’re on your own, it’s hard to just not think. I feel like these are also some of the times when you come up with some of your best ideas or epiphanies.

4. You can meet people along the way.

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Sometimes, you’ll meet a friend. Other times, you might meet a neighbor. Sometimes, you’ll meet someone in a different part of the town. It’s a chance to connect with others around you, and a simple conversation could just make your day.

5. It gets you moving and energized.

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When you’re walking, it stops you from sitting around. Walking a lot may feel tiring, but I found that as I get used to walking certain distances, the next time I get there, it doesn’t feel as exhausting, and I feel like I’d want to walk some more.

6. You can get closer to the recommended 10,000 steps per day.

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A few years ago, I started using a Lumo Lift to help with my posture, and in the Lumo Lift app, I found out that at least 10,000 steps per day is recommended. The number of steps you take per mile depends on your height and how big your stride lengths are, and Beach Body On Demand provides a table with the approximate number of steps you take per mile here, for people who are 4′ 10″ to 6′ 5″, inclusive.

In the beginning, it may be hard to get yourself to start walking, but if you do it everyday and make it a habit, you’ll want to keep it up, and it’ll make you feel better.

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