Health Benefits of Walking
In honor of National Walk to School Day (October 9), we’re sharing a few top health benefits and best practices for making the most out of your daily walk. Kids and adults need energy to get through any type of workout, so fuel up with some tasty recipes incorporating wheat germ.
Walking is not only accessible to almost everyone, but it is also a free form of exercise that doesn’t require a pricey gym membership. What’s more, walking for just 30 minutes a day can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Don’t have time for one 30-minute walk? Break it down into three 10-minute walks or two 15-minute walks. Consider seeking out nearby nature trails for your walk, as research shows exposure to trees, lakes and other natural settings has health benefits of its own, such as lowering blood pressure. Whatever you do, just get moving.
For long-term health, it’s extremely important to wear supportive shoes and walk with good form. With hundreds of options on the market, picking out athletic shoes can be overwhelming. REI offers this helpful guide for selecting the proper shoes for your walk.
Once you have the right shoes, evaluate your form to ensure you’re getting the best workout possible without putting any unnecessary burden on your body. This visual guide from Mayo Clinic demonstrates proper walking technique, such as holding your head high, keeping your back straight, rolling your foot from heel to toe and gently tightening your stomach muscles as you walk.
Now that you’ve got the right shoes and the proper form, it’s time for the fun part: fueling your body to keep your energy high during that daily walk. Our guide to Amazing Breakfasts Monday Through Friday offers healthy and delicious ideas to give adults and kids long-lasting energy all morning long.
What is your go-to healthy breakfast dish to fuel your morning walk to school or work? Leave a comment below — we would love to hear from you!