The Benefits of Walking
The benefits of walking; walking may not help you lose weight, but it will help with body maintenance and overall health. The human body evolved to move. Our ancestors spent most of their days gathering and hunting for food.
They would walk and run many miles a day just to procure a meal. Our bodies evolved to store energy and crave fatty and sweet foods that were high in caloric content and energy. Now when we want food we all we have to do is press a button on our smartphone or if you want to get crazy just call in and order takeout.
Walking may be the last stronghold of daily exercise that we must engage in. Even now technology is looking to provide other options like hoverboards or Segways. Walking provides many benefits like relaxation, time alone or with friends, regulating blood pressure, exercise, etc.
The greatest benefit is just getting your body to move! Go take a 15-minute walk sometime today and most likely you’re going to feel slightly better. Maybe you’ll have a new idea or find yourself zenning out.
Perhaps you’ll look at a negative situation in a new light? Giving your mind and body time to unplug from the grid is an essential part of living. We didn’t evolve to be sedentary creatures and we don’t run on batteries.
Staying Healthy While Working
We all know how hard it is to stick to a consistent exercise schedule when the majority of your day is spent in the office. In addition to work, you have this other thing called your personal life. Things come up and sometimes you’re not going to have time to make it to the gym.
- Stretch! You know we are the only animal that doesn’t stretch first thing in the morning. Make it a habit. Even if they’re quick stretches, make it a priority to stretch those guns out!
- Take the stairs. I know you don’t want to, but do it! Moving your body even for a 30 – 40 seconds can help with stress.
- Make sure to take walks during your break. Go outside and get some fresh air. Let the mind wander away from the pressures of work and come back fresh.
- Pre-plan your meals for the week. It’s time-consuming to meal prep, but in the end, it’s worth it. It keeps you away from buying those burritos and pulled pork lunch sandwiches. Plus you’ll save money as well.
- Make a feasible plan to work out before or after work for a minimum of 2 – 3 times a week. Don’t let yourself slip below that because if you’re not taking at least two to three hours to focus on solely exercising chances are you’ll lose momentum quickly, won’t see any results and only end up frustrated at yourself at yourself
- Go easy on yourself! Working out is hard enough when the majority of your day is spent at work, but don’t rack yourself with guilt if you don’t see the results right away. Stay at it and stay consistent.
- Find a buddy or group. Having friends or co-workers to exercise with is a big plus. You’re more likely to show up because you know someone is counting on you; however, if you need that alone time don’t be afraid to take it.
- A solid piece of advice is to work out first thing in the morning before your boss, friends, and family, co-workers, etc., have a chance to pick away at your personal time. I know it’s hard to do, but getting your workout done first thing in the morning is the safest way to keep you consistent.