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Benefits of Walking Outdoors

Benefits of Walking Outdoors

Taylor Chace

The many benefits of walking outdoors include:

 

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Improved Mood

  • Enhanced Brain Function

  • More Fun

  • Increase Vitamin D

  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes

  • Strengthen your bones and muscles

  • Improve your balance and coordination

Don’t do too much too soon, it is best to start with small 10-15 min walks about 3 to 4 times per week. Once you have done this for a few weeks you can increase either your total distance and/or frequency. The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Once you have built up your walking strength and endurance try adding some external load like a backpack with 5-10 additional pounds in it. This will increase the intensity of your walk which will help you burn additional calories.

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