To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound.
In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing, however, many seem to have forgotten that walking is also a form of exercising.
Walking regularly helps to improve your sleep and your mood, as well as increasing focus and reducing stress.
It’ll also help promote long-term healthy family exercise habits as it can be a perfect excuse to leave the car at home and walk to the shops as a family, instead.
You may think that walking doesn’t count as exercise, given it’s low- intensity nature, however, there are many benefits that we shouldn’t ignore as it:
- Reduces risk of heart and cardiovascular disease
- Helps weight loss
- Increases lung capacity
- Increases stamina
- Reduces blood pressure
- Strengthens bones
- Reduces risk of diabetes
- Helps to supply the brain with oxygen and glucose which helps the brain to function more efficiently.
- Reduces stress/depression
Walking more will help improve your health, both physically and mentally.
So where are your walking shoes? Ready, set, goo!
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