Incorporate Walking for Physical and Mental Health
It is important to find ways to balance our mental and emotional wellbeing during this time of uncertainty. One of the best ways to do that is to be active. Walking and moving outside can be a winning strategy for you and your family. It’s important to keep exercising to strengthen our immune system and maintain fitness.
Why walk? Walking and moving is free, available right outside your door, and accessible across age and ability. It can help prevent cabin fever and provide a welcome dose of fresh air. Let’s not forget- it’s also fun!
Importantly- walking allows us to get out of our homes while adhering to current public health recommendations for social distancing. The CDC defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
A neighborhood walk can both limit exposure to others while allowing a moment of respite from the confines of home, especially if you carefully choose your walking route and time. It can be a time to explore nature, stretch your legs, and refocus your energies.
Walking and other types of physical activity provide a healthy release of endorphins- feel-good hormones that can help reduce depression and anxiety. It also helps to keep our bones, lungs, and heart healthy, helps to manage chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and boosts our immune system.
No matter how you incorporate walking into your life during these difficult times, be sure to practice social distancing and follow the recommendations from local officials.