Top 10 reasons to walk on October 7
(and every day!)
The Healthiest State Initiative is celebrating 10 years of the Annual Walk in 2020. We are inviting all Iowans to "Team Up for 10" and register to walk on October 7. Register a walk here!
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But why are we walking? There are many physical, mental, social and emotional benefits to walking. Not to mention it is one of the most affordable and accessible forms of exercise.
To celebrate 10 years – here are our Top 10 reasons to walk on October 7:
1. Walking wards off heart disease
Walking increases the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and ultimately strengthens the heart.
2. Walking helps your brain
Increased blood flow to the brain leads to better cognitive function, improved memory and overall protection against mental decline.
3. Walking lightens your mood
In a bad mood? Take a walk! Walking releases endorphins, your body's natural "happy hormones."
4. Walking keeps your moving longer
The key to maintaining mobility is regular activity. Exercise – including walking – can help slow down the aging process.
5. Walking tones your muscles
Walking tones your muscles, particularly your leg and abdominal muscles. Get your arms in the action by pumping them while you walk!
6. Walking can help your mental health
Studies show walking can help reduce anxiety and depression. It can also boost self-esteem and reduce symptoms of withdrawal.
7. Walking increases energy levels
Walking increases oxygen flow through the body, boosting levels of hormones that help elevate energy levels.
8. Walking supports your joints
Walking compresses the cartilage in your joints, circulating joint fluid and keeping joints healthy.
9. Walking improves your sleep
A study published recently in the Sleep Health journal found that when adults increase the time they spend walking each day, they sleep better at night.
10. Walking helps you feel connected
Walk with others to connect with friends, family members or co-workers. Due to COVID-19, we know that your Annual Walk "team" may look different this year. But we still encourage you to team up in small groups, with members of your household, or even virtually to reap the social benefits of walking!
Walk with us in October!
Walking on October 7 is a great first step in the direction towards better health. Keep the momentum going and set a goal to walk every day in the month of October! Use this "Walk With Us in October" calendar to help keep you on track and remind yourself of all the health benefits of walking daily.
Sources: Arthritis Foundation, Sleep Health, HealthLine, Harvard Health