How walking can be a benefit in these uncertain times
With many of us staying safe at home, it is still important to stay physically active. You don’t need access to your gym or pricey at home gym equipment. A physical activity such as walking can help improve your heart and mental health. A short walk can help make your heart stronger as walking improves your circulation, lowers blood pressure and increases oxygen intake to your heart. Another benefit is improving your mental health. In these uncertain times it is important to take time each day for a break. Walking can be an activity that helps you to unwind from stress, improves your mood, increases your energy levels and helps you sleep better.
If you can safely go outside for a walk in your neighborhood or community keep the following in mind:
Check specific guidelines in your community when deciding where to walk
Practice social distancing
Practice good hygiene
While you walk:
Whether the goal of your walk is to benefit your heart or your mind, both areas can improve your health. If you have any health concerns, consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.