For years I have enjoyed daily walks for my health. But not only do I walk for my health I love to walk because it is a time that I get to be by myself, which is something I relish as a mom of four and step mother to two. The other thing I love about walking is that it helps reduce any stress I might be feeling. When my walk ends I feel stronger physically and emotionally.
When Prevention Magazine posed the question “What Makes You Want to Walk?” to a number of walkers a few years back, they expected to get answers like “to lose weight” and “to get in shape.” But they were delighted by the number of people who commented on walking’s emotional benefits; in particular, its ability to relieve stress.
Research has shown that a brisk 20- to 30-minute walk can have the same calming effect as a mild tranquilizer. That is why I am so excited that the American Heart Association has a National Walking Day every year in April. Please check out this link for the last Walk to look at the pictures and movies that were posted.
The truth is anytime of the year you can take a walk even at work! If you have a meeting at work make it a walking meeting. Rally your family, friends and neighbors to take a walk today!
I love the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” healthy living initiative because it is working to help individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy. It is a part of the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and strokes by 20 percent. So keep on walking and relieve some stress today and every day. You can also sign up for the Heart Walk; use the American Heart Association Walking Clubs and Walking Paths and please visit MyHeartMyLife.org to learn more.
With levels of stress are at an all-time high, and with 80 percent of people in a recent survey saying that money was the number one source of stress in their life, what a great way to do something for free and good for you by taking a walk today!
Walk all throughout the year and reduce your financial stress!