As temperatures rise and the northern states begin to thaw we are presented with the opportunity to spend more time outside of the terminal and trucks. What better way to get fresh air than to go for a walk each day?
There are many benefits to adding a daily walk to your schedule. For example, walking will improve your mood. By increasing the body’s release of endorphins (happy hormones) and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain, and exposing you to sunlight you can prevent seasonal depression and reduce anger. For more information about exercise, endorphins and other stress-relieving substances read about it here.
If you are trying to lose weight, walking is effective in slimming your midsection and toning your legs. Regular walks burn calories and fat by increasing your body’s metabolism while working many muscles at the same time. In addition, walking and/or other moderate exercise tames your sweet tooth. According to a study performed at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, “exercise may provide cognitive stimulation that interferes with thoughts about the craving.”
According to the American Diabetes Association, walking regularly reduces your risk of developing diabetes. Their research shows that walking lowers blood sugar levels, blood pressure and risk of stroke. Moreover, New England Journal of Medicine reported that those who walk at least 30 minutes a day for 5 or more days each week have a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
As a regular walker, you improve your immune system and your gastric mobility. According to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, walking utilizes the abdominal muscles and in-turn encourages movement in the gastrointestinal system. Walking also helps your immune cells become more active, making your body heal faster and preventing illnesses like the flu or a seasonal cold.
Walking has mental health benefits too. It gives you time to think and process your day which both help reduce stress. As your circulation improves, oxygen reaches more muscles which helps reduce tension you may not even realize you have.
Adding walks into your daily routine
If you are unable to walk long distances, we encourage you to break up your walking schedule. We recommend walking for 10-15 minutes in one direction if possible, resting for a few minutes, and then finish your walk by turning around and walking back to your truck. If this is still out of reach for you, try walking 10 minutes before you start your day each morning, and conclude each day with another 10 minute walk before bed. As you become a regular walker, try to increase the duration of your walks or try walking for a full 30 minutes at once. Be sure to bring water along so you stay hydrated.
Once you establish a regular routine, you are likely to continue your healthy behaviors. You will notice your energy levels and productivity increase. We hope you reach your health goals by making this small change in your daily routine!