Are you feeling down, constipated, or tired and sore? Is your blood pressure or blood sugar a little high? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? The solution might be as simple as walking for 30 minutes each day.
To most people, a walk might seem like child’s play, especially when it’s compared to running a marathon or competing in CrossFit, unless you have Fibromyalgia. Just walking can be a challenge but walking is a very healthy alternative if you can’t exercise intensely.
We were designed to move. Humans were built for walking, and some health experts believe that the chair was the worst invention ever created. You can do a lot to enhance your health by standing up and taking a walk. Just a little bit every day that you can muster up is a “step” in the right direction.
Enjoy the many benefits of a daily walk:
1. You’ll feel better. If you’re currently not getting enough exercise, a walk is a simple way to fill that void. Getting out of the house and breathing a little fresh air is bound to enhance your mood and outlook on life. Even if you just go for a 5 -10-minute walk, being out in nature can help reduce your pain.
2. Walking is good for your bones. Hip fractures are reduced in postmenopausal women that walk for at least 30 minutes each day. Don’t you already have enough to worry about? A hip fracture ain’t gotta be one! Walking is bone density building. I know it hurts but it will hurt more when you’re an old lady and you fall and fracture your hip. 3. You can expect to sleep better if you walk regularly. People that walk report a lower incidence of insomnia. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, the solution might be as simple as a daily walk. A restful night of sleep is mandatory to heal from chronic pain. 4. Your risk of chronic disease is lower if you walk each day. Studies have found that your risk of developing diabetes or suffering a stroke are reduced significantly. Thirty minutes of walking is all you need each day to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. A stroll can also lower your blood pressure. I’m sorry but Fibro doesn’t qualify as a disease, it’s a series of syndromes. I know it feel like a disease and I call it a disease myself, but Fibro doesn’t qualify as a life-threatening disease. As I’ve said before, don’t you already have enough to worry about?
5. Walking increases the motility of your bowels. If you suffer from constipation, a walk can work wonders for your issue. Which one of you with Fibro doesn’t have IBS or IBD or some weird gastrointestinal issue going on most of the time? That’s what I thought, almost no one. Our bowels are what probably got us into this mess in the first place. Let’s help them along with some exercise.
6. You are developing a good habit. Walking can be a positive addition to your routine. The most healthy people have routines. You’re more likely to experience health if you can maintain positive routines in your life. Let’s “step” to it and regain your health! 7. You’re likely to lose weight. If you increase your physical activity without increasing your caloric intake, you can expect to drop a few pounds. Even if you don’t lose weight, you may experience a shift in your weight that allows your tight clothing to fit much more comfortably. Between medications and not feeling well, the weight just creeps on. I’m all for body positivity but too much weight is not healthy for our bodies and we already have enough problems.
8. Walking is good for your brain. Older seniors that walk daily have 50% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Fibromyalgia brains already show signs of low-grade inflammation. Walking help eliminate some of the toxins from the body that create that inflammation. 9. Your creativity will increase. More than one study has demonstrated that going for a walk boosts creativity. Those that walk are more creative than those that sit. Having a challenge at work or at home? You’re more likely to find the solution during a nice, long walk. It might have something to do with the extra blood flow to the brain. 10. You’ll live longer. Those that spend more time on their feet have been shown to live longer than those that spend too much time sitting each day. Get up on your feet and go for a walk if you want to extend your life. It has been suggested that a daily walk adds 3-7 years of life. Wouldn’t it be great if it was an extra 3-7 pain free years?
Walking is free, low-impact, and simple to do. There’s no new skill to learn and no equipment to purchase. Just put on your shoes and get out the door. If you’re hard pressed you can always do a walking video on YouTube too.
Consider the many health benefits that walking provides. Going for a walk can do a lot more for your health and outlook on life than a gym membership that is rarely used. It’s much less expensive, too.