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Healthy Reasons to Take a Walk

Updated on June 19, 2013

Why consider a walk?

Yes, walking seemed a thing of the past. Cars, bicycles, skateboards were invented to get you to a location at a quicker pace. However, who said walking was only to get from one point to another? There are many reasons to go on a walk in the middle of the day, and here are a few of them.

Calming Thoughts

Some individuals purchase CD's with natural sounds such as waterfalls, the rainforest, or even whale noises. Why bother spending money on such products when you can put on your shoes, go outside for 10 minutes, and walk? The birds will chirp from tree to tree, maybe you will even come closer to a squirrel than they would allow if you were in your car. Your worries from work or even at home will fall behind and you can enjoy the soft quiet surroundings of natural life.

A Glimpse of Your Surroundings

Peace and nature are not the only important surroundings on a walk. What about your neighbors? Did the new neighbors move in? What have they done to the house? I'm sure you and your spouse could have a nice conversation if the new flowers will hurt someone's allergies in the house. Or if the new roof of the Jones' home matches the color of their brick house.

Have you never been given the chance to meet the new neighbors? Then just walk down the street when they happen to be walking their dogs. Strike up a conversation on the breed, their apparel, where they have moved from, the flowers in their garden, etc. It is very handy to know your neighbors in case something drastic, hurricane or snow storm, occurs. You never know who will have an extra generator.

Health

Probably the most common reason to take a walk is to get some exercise. Are you counting those calories from the Mexican restaurant last night? Maybe it is time to shed a few pounds so the jeans are not as tight any more. Walking is one of the best methods for improving your health. Other than cutting calories, your senses become more aware of the outside world. Did a leaf just move? Your peripheral vision just caught a bird taking off in flight.

When taking a walk, your stress level begins to decline. This can help combat cholesterol, chances of heart attacks or strokes, and relax those tense muscles instead of paying $60 for a massage.

Yes, there exists the horror of allergies. But a little Claritin D, which you should be taking already, can handle the red eyes and sneezing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love to walk early in the morning when i sent my son to school. It is quiet and the sounds of birds chirping, water running, leaves falling were amazing. Voted up

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      jseven 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great points of walking. I ruptured a disc years ago and find walking more beneficial than anything else. It is truly good therapy all the way around!

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