There’s nothing like going for a stroll to clear the mind. After all, your body was made for walking. But besides making you feel good, there are so many health benefits to “taking the ankle express”. Here are just a few:
- You’ll be in a better mood. It’s true – regular walking modifies your nervous system to help decrease negative feelings. Walk with a friend and get even more calming benefits from the added social interaction.
- Inspiration in perspiration. Well, you might not perspire but walking gets your creative juices flowing. Try a walk when you feel stuck or blocked to clear the cobwebs.
- Pump your “second heart”. Walking strengthens the venous system that relies on muscles, veins, and valves in your feet and legs that work together to get blood pumped back to the heart.
- Digestive health. Walking strengthens the core and abdominal muscles that encourage movement in the digestive system.
If you’re just getting started in a walking routine, start slowly and set yourself up for success. Even walking a block is better than nothing. If you have any health concerns, be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise routine, including walking!
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