It’s The Little Things: Benefits of Walks In Autumn
Experts consistently recommend that we fit at least 30 minutes worth of exercise-based activity into our daily schedules.
With so many beautiful colors, mild weather and a more relaxed atmosphere than summer, autumn is my favorite season for a walk. Whether you live in New York, London or a rural area, autumn and early winter have a distinct level of charm, and when you venture out during this time of year, you’ll notice that many others also want to experience the great outdoors.
Now that autumn has officially arrived, here are some benefits of autumn walks.
Maintaining & Losing Weight
Once the holiday festivities begin, it’s likely you’ll be less active. Walking during the period leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas will help you maintain a comfortable, healthy weight, as well as help you to feel energetic and good about yourself. Walking for 30 minutes, at 3 miles per hour, will burn 176 calories in most individuals. Invite your friends or use the walk to work through your daily stress. Keeping active also helps to prevent and manage various illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes. Walking is a low impact exercise that any of us can enjoy.
Remember—in order to be healthy, you MUST eat healthy and be active.
Lift Your Mood And Be Happy
Being confined at home, in the office or in a car for long periods of time is not good for your well-being. In fact, if you stay at home too long, it can make you feel frustrated and down. Walks will benefit your mental, as well as your physical, health.
Although we learn to walk as babies, we can forget how to walk properly as we age. Quite simply, our technique suffers. This can result in blisters, sore feet, and even leg injuries. The most important part of walking is your posture, so focus on walking smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to toe.
And make sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing so you stay comfortable, even when the elements are against you. Besides coats to keep you cozy and allow you to move freely, always have a waterproof coat at the ready for those walks in the rain, I like this Windermere ladies waterproof jacket from Cotton Traders. If you choose a coat with fleece, it also will protect you when the weather turns colder.
I usually grab a comfortable (and sloppy) pair of sweat pants when I walk, but these Cotton Traders walking trousers will give you pizazz and comfort at the same time. After all, you never know whom you’re going to run into when you’re out for a stroll!