Benefits of Walking Everyday

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Benefits of Walking Everyday

The joys of walking are unmatched, and I’ve learnt this as I go for a walk every day. The benefits of walking everyday are so many that it is hard to overlook them.

Very few people really know about the benefits of walking or the joys of walking, and rarely do they enjoy it in the true sense, which hardly requires anything other than a positive mindset and attitude. I remember a beautiful quote at this point-

“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A major benefit of walking every day for me is to be able to connect with nature. I love to look around, be in the present, enjoy the nature, breathe in the fresh air, watch the flowers down the path, feel the moment, hear the chirping of the birds, and enjoy walking every day.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  ~John Muir

I would like to mention the major benefits of walking for those who do wish to start and those who are already walking-

  • It’s good for your heart and helps reduce coronary heart diseases, stroke, and high cholesterol.
  • It lowers blood pressure, body fat, and controls body weight.
  • It cuts down on aches, pains, arthritis, back pains, and so many other ailments.
  • It helps you sleep better and increases your energy levels.
  • It reduces the risk of breast-cancer, colon cancer, and non-insulin dependent diabetes.
  • It’s good for the brain, bones, muscles, and overall health and fitness.
  • It’s a low-impact exercise, thus produces less stress on the knees and joints than other activities.
  • It increases mental well being, elevates your mood, helps overcome depression and anxiety, and releases tension.
  • It prolongs your life by nearly 2 minutes, and walking 20 minutes every day burns off 7 pounds of fat per year.

Let me share the place where I go for my walk with all of you, which is simply out of the world! Once I cross the roads across my house and walk a little distance, I come across a small, beautiful pathway leading right into the open fields.

There is a backdrop of lush green mountains and trees that reach the sky. The path meanders all around and between these fields, with pretty flowers by the side of the path, squirrels playing around, and birds gathering their meals, with the farmers off to their work early in the morning.

I always do get wonderful ideas for my posts and creative ideas for working, and this mostly happens when I walk, so I add that as one of my major benefits of walking!

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” ~Raymond Inmon

(It works for a woman too!!)

Walking is an enjoyable activity as I have come to realize, and it becomes more enjoyable if you have someone to walk along with you. Some people prefer walking alone, while many people like taking their dogs for a walk, whereas others like walking with their partners or friends. Either ways, walking is a wonderful activity, especially if you want to become best friends with your spouse !

Earlier I was walking every day, but was doing so alone- till the time my husband and I decided to walk together and stick to a routine. I need to thank him for making our walking schedule that involves me taking the lead early in the morning.

My husband, who prefers jogging to walking, takes his 15 minutes to jog and joins me walking on our way back home. That is one of the greatest benefits of walking for me, as I get to spend those lovely moments in nature with him. I have often told my husband who is my best walking friend, these lines-

“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~ Albert Camus

Starting to walk everyday or starting a walking program takes initiative; though sticking with it takes commitment. But when you think about the health benefits of walking, it’s all worth your effort.

Health and fitness experts recommend walking daily up to a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes at least five days a week, which helps you lose and maintain overall weight and good health, as well as live longer and better. Start gradually and increase your walking time and speed by a few minutes each week.

To sum up things, remember that- “After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.”  ~George Macauley Trevelyan, thus with so many benefits of walking what moves you to get started?

With the festive holidays just round the corner, where Christmas is just knocking at our doorstep, aren’t you going to make a New Year Resolution for 2012 to walk every day?

Would you like to start walking or have you already made the move? Do you love walking every day? What have you experienced while you walk? Share in the comments below.

 

 

Photo Credit: Paskelius



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  1. Karen Hoyt

    September 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Harleena,

    Once again I jump around on your blog and find something useful and motivational! I’ve been walking a lot for the health benefits. It is such a simple way to stay in shape!

    Several years ago I went on a retreat and we took a mindfulness walk. I found it very relaxing. It was not really for exercise physically, but more of a way to listen to my body and mind.

    Lately, I have been shutting off my headphones and attempting to tune into my thoughts while walking.
    Thank you for asking some thought provoking questions about walking. It IS a great time to think.

    xo Karen:)

    • Harleena Singh

      September 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Hi Karen,

      Ah…you are most welcome to visit any post on the blog anytime 🙂

      Walking IS a great way to stay in shape and I think there’s a lot more to it than just that because you really DO enjoy what you are doing, besides being in nature and the fresh air, isn’t it?

      Mindfulness walk sounds so wonderful! It must be stress-free and there’s nothing on your mind- relaxing indeed. I think walking is any day better than exercising as you are actually exercising yet not knowing you are doing it.

      I do that too when I want to be one to one with nature, or just go deeper within or think on something. If not, then the headphones are good company and add that little extra to the walk. Yes indeed, the benefits of walking can’t really be overlooked and I hope people take on to this wonderful way to remain heatlhy.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us 🙂

  2. Donald Quixote

    August 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Nice article…the biggest benefit of walking for me is the low impact it has on my knees. I can go for a stroll without irritating my damaged knees. Slowing down to enjoy the view is nice too 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Welcome to the blog Donald!

      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      I agree with you there, which makes walking any day better than jogging as that can hurt or have an adverse effect on your knees. Yes indeed, when you walk, you DO enjoy the view around you and it’s more fun that ways.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. JAY

    August 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Its true the benefits of walking are huge. An if your walk turned about to be a morning walk, then I suppose its benefits are amazing. The freshness of air and the atmosphere in the morning is unmatched to the rest of the day. Also it fill you with a great energy to look forward you daily routine it great ease.

    • Harleena Singh

      August 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Jay,

      It sure is, and morning walks have their own benefits – not to mention the fresh morning air and being in nature that adds to our health. Oh yes…you are totally energized to take up another new day.

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the post 🙂

  4. Matthew Denos

    April 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Harleena, I think your choice of walking instead of jogging is wiser than your husband’s. Jogging, in the long run, has a negative impact on the joints of the knee. My father is 83 and he walks everyday. While I walk, too, I mostly focus on weight lifting. I want to build some more muscle…

    • Harleena Singh

      August 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Matthew,

      Sorry for the late reply – I guess I missed out on this one, though I’m glad am here now 🙂

      I agree with you there, though that mainly happens as you age or after 35-40 when the knee joints start giving problems. Earlier than that I think for youngsters it’s a great way to keep fit and lose weight. The benefits of walking everyday are well known, and for anyone older than 40-45, it is a much better option.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  5. Vivek Jain

    March 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Really beneficial tips ..
    I’m a big fan of your writing skills..I usually go for a walk in the evening time & it does refresh my mind like a power booster.. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this post & sharing your experience 😉

    • Harleena Singh

      March 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Welcome to the blog Vivek!

      Thanks for the kind words of appreciation. 🙂 Nice to know that you too enjoy your morning walks, and yes it does act as a power-booster for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂




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Benefits of Walking Everyday

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