March 11, 2021
These Boots Were Made for Walking-But What Are the Benefits?
These Boots Were Made for Walking—But What Are the Benefits?
By Lyndsey Walthall
I don’t know about you, but I hate being still for too long. Not only do I begin to feel unproductive and bored, but what’s it doing to my body? Is prolonged inactivity really so damaging?
To put it bluntly, yes. Not only does a sedentary lifestyle raise the possibility of premature death, it also doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, the horrifying list goes on. In short—movement is good for us. Really, really good. See below for a far-less terrifying list of just how good.
- Increased cardiovascular health
- Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
- Stronger bones and improved balance
- Improved self-esteem and mood
- Reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue
- Improved sleep quality
Now that you have the facts, you might be wondering how to up your daily step count goals. For starters, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator, or choose the longer route to the bathroom. If you’re a BCI client, the trails around Lake Rooty are perfect! I personally spend my breaks walking around the lake, and let me tell you, not only are the geese, squirrels, rabbits and other animals an immediate mood-booster, but even 15 minutes of fresh air and natural light refocuses my brain so I can get back to work. Every positive change—no matter how small—leads to a brighter (and healthier) future. Get walkin’!