FUN FACT: My exercise step tracker says I have 90 more miles to go until I’ve walked the Sahara Desert! 😊
This week, we have another installation of the Healthy Living Series – exercise and circulation.
Let’s talk about the dreaded word “exercise”.
I read a lot recently about how exercise is one of the most important components of our health. Many of us live sedentary lifestyles in our work day by sitting behind the computer, and many of us spend our free time sitting down watching TV.
Getting some exercise every day is vital for our overall health. So, being more active is what you’re shooting for. The first thought in many people’s minds is – let’s get a gym membership. And that is great, but another great and easy option, especially for those starting out on their exercise journey is walking.
In fact, first thing in the morning for 20 minutes is one of the best times you can go and walk. Besides it is a way to avoid the extreme Texas heat, a key reason for early morning walking is because of the circadian rhythm of your body.
Early morning walking has the following benefits:
- Getting in the sunshine for 20 minutes at the beginning of the day sets your clock.
- It lets your body it’s time to wake up and get moving.
- This will help your energy levels throughout the day.
- Lack of circulation is linked to many health problems, and often we just don’t realize it.
- The more you move, the more circulation you have…
If your schedule does not allow for early morning walking, evening walks after dinner have health benefits too:
- They can aid in the digestion of food
- Try to go at least 30 minutes after eating, and if you can try to make sure there is still some sunlight!
Overall, walking outside brings all the benefits of being in nature too!
Let’s take control of our health – as I said in a previous blog, some factors related to our health are easier to control than others – exercising is one of those that are in our control!
TOP TIP”: If you’re struggling to get going, or keep going – Use a step tracker.
Not only is the information on steps and distance helpful, but it also helps you to set personal goals.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with health insurance, please feel free to reach out to me.