Get Outside and Take a Walk Today
by Joanne Troppello
Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. Every now and then, I like to write about some of the “National Days” that have been designated. Some of them seem silly like National Sloppy Joe Day or National Awkward Moments Day.
However, National Take a Walk in the Park Day resonated with me since I love getting outside in nature and enjoy taking walks. Even on colder days, I have no problem getting bundled up and spending time outside or taking a walk.
I love the fresh air. This is especially true because I work from home and enjoy taking a break from being on the computer all day and getting fresh air.
The National Calendar Day website researches these National Days and usually has information about the history of them and why they were created. However, they were not able to find out who created this day.
Benefits of Taking Walks
Paul Dudley White wrote, “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”
Jacqueline Schiff said, “The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.”
I totally agree with their sentiments about walks and how they can benefit our lives. Consider the following ways that you can enjoy a more centered life by taking walks.
Taking a walk is mild aerobic exercise. However, it can be very relaxing—especially if you are frustrated or need to take a time out from the stresses of your life. If you don’t like taking walks, change your perspective and start to think of them as the perfect opportunity to reset your focus and release tension.
2. Improved Sleep
When you walk, your brain releases serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that is created from tryptophan. That amino acid is integral in enhancing the production of melatonin. If you want to improve your sleeping cycle and get better sleep each night, melatonin is effective in regulating your sleeping and waking cycle. Take walks to help you start sleeping better.
3. Boosted Mood
If you need to boost your mood, take a 30-minute walk. This basic aerobic exercise will release endorphins to give you that “chemical feeling” also known as happiness or being in a good mood. If you are not able to work out with aerobic type exercise each day, try to at least go for a walk several times a week.
4. Weight Loss
Maybe you need to lose some weight, but your daily job is not conducive to fitting a 20-30 minute aerobic exercise session into your everyday routine either before or after work. Consider taking 30-minute walks during your lunch break. You’ll benefit from all the things already discussed, plus can begin to lose weight. Just remember, that if you want to start losing weight by walking, you need to walk regularly throughout the week.
5. Sparking Creativity
When I go walking, it’s either by myself or with my husband or my sister. When I walk by myself, I bring my Apple iPod Shuffle with me and listen to my worship music playlist. That gives me a chance to pray and think about things that have been on my mind or that I have been stressed about and need to release to the Lord.
When taking walks with my husband in our local park (about a 5-minute drive away) or walking with my sister around our neighborhood (she’s our next-door neighbor)—it gives us a chance to talk. That can spark creativity as we converse and act as sounding boards for each other.
Do you like taking walks? If yes, do you walk around your neighborhood, the local park, local shopping mall, or during your lunch break?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.