So this week I've been starting my day off with a 30 to 40 minute walk. I'm doing this in addition to my usual workouts.
I've always thought just walking for exercise was pretty wussy, but then I've been reading about all the benefits it has.
For starters, it's a great way to get some sun first thing in the morning. Getting adequate sunlight is essential to good health. That's how you get most your vitamin D. Plus, sunlight first thing in the morning activates hormones that helps wake you up.
It's a great wake to loosen up the stiffness from sleeping.
Finally, there's the cardio benefit. Sure, you're not getting winded, but it's better than sitting in my robe scratching my butt in the morning
I usually just put some tunes on my Blackberry and answer emails while I'm walking. I kill two birds with one stone.
If you've been meaning to start exercising, try going for a 30 minutes walk in the morning. It's easy and low impact. Even if you workout out everyday, give walking a try. It won't hurt you and it's an easy way to stay active throughout the day.
I can't say that I've noticed any miraculous changes to my health so far, but it's a nice way to start the day off.
I totally agree. Of course (being a little older than you Brett) I HAVE realized benefits from it. I get in at least two miles a day, either walking in my hood or on the treadmill at the gym. At the gym I can measure my HR too, and after walking like this for going on 6 months now, it is amazing how long it takes to get my HR up to target zone. Plus, it gives me an energy boost I can't get any other way.
A few things that I like about a morning walk is that it makes me feel closer to, and more of a part of my neighborhood. I see many of the same people out and up to their normal routines and sometimes I get to chat with them. I notice things that I don't when I am on the bicycle or in the car, the birds singing, the way the sunlight hits everything, animals sneaking around, how lush and green everything is. There's just a lot more stimulation, and it gives me a lot more time to think without being bugged by anyone.
Plus on top of the vitamin D, the regulation of sleep/wake cycles, the sunlight will also help in your own mental health. Studies have shown that as you get further from the equator, aka "The Twilight Zone", and the less sun you get, the more likely you are to suffer from depression; hence why many people will get the wintertime blues and have to have medication only during those months of the year. So, getting more sunlight when you can and regulating your sleep cycles greatly improves your overall mental health and can make you happier, just ask any endorphin junky.
I'm a big-time walker, but I do it mostly because I like to take the chance to step outside daily and get some fresh air to clear my mind. I live in a nice neighborhood with big trees and quiet houses, and it makes for a great walking environment year-round. The health aspect is secondary. I do about four miles in 50 minutes five or six times a week. I also do calisthenics and shovelglove (remember that?) 3-4 times a week for something more strength-related.
In other fitness news, I just found out I can do five pull-ups! And here I assumed I could barely do one!
Talk about a "oh, duh" moment. I keep thinking I can't work out in the mornings because of my hour-plus commute--but there's no reason I can't just take a 30-minute walk in the morning and THEN workout in the evenings. What's stopping me? (Answer: Laziness.)
I start my morning every morning by walking to work. I know that not every one lives a mile from work like I do, but I am a firm believer in the benefit of walking to work if you're able. I have experienced positive health benefits from it, but you also get to know your neighborhood better, along with the people in it, and you notice things on a longish walk that are just impossible to notice in the car. I might stop in the park and pick a few mulberries on the way to work, or talk with the newspaper vendor or the fruit stand guy. I see the same families walking many days, or sitting out on their porches. Sometimes I decide to take a street that I haven't been down in a while, or go out of the way to see something new. Highly recommend it.
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