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In the fast paced, stressful world we live in, it can be difficult to find the time to fit in exercise or incorporate some “me time” into your day. After those long hours at work, nobody wants to head to the gym and squeezing in a yoga class or time reading a book to find some peace and serenity can be a challenge. Walking is the perfect activity to achieve all of these needed elements at the same time. It’s a terrific low-impact exercise that will also allow you some quiet time to think and reflect, and you can get some much-needed fresh air if you walk outside.


Walking is an incredible form of exercise. It’s inexpensive: no need to join a gym or pay for pricey classes, clothing or equipment. It isn’t too taxing on your body; the way running or cycling can lead to knee damage. And you can walk wherever you are: on the streets in your neighbourhood, at a mall or shopping centre, or on trails or paths at your local park. If you prefer exercise with a buddy, walk with a friend or two to incorporate some social time, or even take your dog out on your stroll. All you need is a good, comfortable pair of walking shoes. Walking is a lifelong form of exercise that is not only great for your body, but also for your mind.


It can be hard to spend time away from computers, cell phones, televisions, and the other screens of our daily lives. But stepping away from the technology can have terrific benefits. And giving yourself an hour long break from the constant presence of co-workers, family, and friends can be very positive. Taking a walk allows you some time to think and reflect without the distraction of your devices and the pressure of the people around you. This precious “me time” will become a cherished part of your day as soon as you incorporate walking into your daily routine.


Like so many, much of your day is probably spent in your office, home, and car. Take the opportunity to get outside and go for a walk. Enjoying the great outdoors is a key element to improving your fitness, mood, and overall well-being. Consider taking a walk outside to get your heart rate up and boost your endorphins. You will feel great no matter if you opt for a brisk power walk or a leisurely stroll. Walking is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors, and the fresh air will undoubtedly do you some good.


If walking isn’t yet your favourite pastime, take it slow. Walk to your gym instead of driving there to burn some extra calories along the way. Double the time you spend walking your dog and you’ll both benefit. Encourage your family to check out a local nature path together. Or even just take a loop around your immediate neighbourhood. You’ll feel great and both your mind and body will thank you.

Gareth writes on a number of health and wellness topics on behalf of health insurance provider AXA PPP healthcare

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