Get Moving: The Importance of Walking Every Day

As busy as you are at work or at school, it can be hard to take time away from the desk to get up and walk around. It’s easy to get caught up in working so much that you only get up to go to the bathroom, to the copier, or to refill your water bottle. But taking time to walk each day can have great effects on your health and on your mood, and it’s so easy to do!


Unlike other types of exercise, walking doesn’t require any special equipment. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes and somewhere to start! If you go to the shoe store you’ll find lots of specialized walking shoes. While these can be beneficial, they’re certainly not necessary.


Where will you walk? Although it’s incredibly beneficial to walk outside, where you can get fresh air and get out of the office or the classroom, don’t panic if you can’t walk anywhere but through the hallways. The most important thing is to get up and get moving, in whatever way you can.


One of the greatest aspects of walking as exercise is that it’s super easy to do with other people! Whether you go with classmates, coworkers, family, friends, or even with a pet, walking with someone helps you stay accountable to your goals and can make walking more fun for everyone!


The benefits from walking are numerous, including lowering your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease. It’s also a weight-bearing exercise, which is good for your bones. But the effects aren’t just limited to physical health – getting up and walking for even a little bit each day can have a positive impact on your mood, especially if you’re walking with a friend or a pet! You’ll feel more energized and even happier, all with just 10 to 30 minutes of walking a day.


That may seem like a long time, but it really isn’t – you could easily get that done during lunch, in the morning before work or class, or even in the evening if it’s light enough outside. And with all those benefits, surely you can find half an hour or less each day to get up and get moving!




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