Updated: Feb 23, 2020
It’s easy to sit for hours on end and not even realize it. Our bodies are made to move in between periods of productivity, and walking is a great way to do that. Here are 5 helpful ways to take better walks.
1. Opt for limited screen time: In the middle of the day, walking can be a great way to take a break from screens for a few minutes. To be truly present for your walk, forget your phone or put on music or a podcast instead.
2. Wear comfy shoes: Shoes make all the difference when it comes to supporting your joints. In general, sneakers and athletic shoes work best when it comes to supporting your joints and preventing aches and pains. If you prefer open-toed shoes, make sure you do some research to find what will support your feet.
3. Be present in your surroundings: Studies have shown that spending time in green spaces can be beneficial to your health. Being mindful of the scenery can have a load of benefits including decreasing stress and boosting creativity.
4. Adjust your posture: When sitting, and especially if hunched over a computer, our bodies can forget what it’s like to stand up straight. When walking, keep your eyes forward, chin parallel to the ground, and shoulders back and relaxed.
5. Focus on your breath: By maintaining a steady breath in and out, you’ll increase the health benefits of your walk by conditioning the lungs and also adding a meditative quality to the event.
Have fun and enjoy your time outdoors. Keep it real and keep it simple, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time!