Walking is a man’s best medicine - walking 30 minutes a day is great for your health and wellbeing

My 30 day walking challenge – week three review

I’m a bit late with my week three review. I gave myself food poisoning on Monday and it has taken a few days to fully recover. I didn’t let it stop me from walking at least 30 minutes every day, though. Tuesday was tough after a rough night, but I did my 30 minutes of walking, albeit slowly. I didn’t feel worse after that walk. More tired, perhaps, but not worse. I definitely wouldn’t have walked if it weren’t for the 30 Day Walking Challenge – so there’s a benefit of doing the challenge right there.

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After more than three weeks of daily walking, my legs feel stronger. A LOT stronger. While we all know that walking is a great for exercise with loads of health and wellbeing benefits, do you know exactly what those benefits are?.

The benefits of brisk walking 30 minutes a day

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You don’t need special gear to walk (apart from a pair of decent walking shoes) and there’s no sustained impact on your body (such as with running).

The benefits of brisk walking 30 minutes a day include:

  • improved cardiovascular (heart) and pulmonary (lung) function and fitness
  • reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • management of conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • building strong bones to help prevent osteoporosis (or reduce the risk of it developing further)
  • building strong muscles and bones to support your joints, relieving the symptoms of arthritis
  • protecting against dementia by improving blood flow to the brain
  • boosting your immune system to ward off colds and other viruses
  • reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression
  • improved mood
  • weight loss
  • a longer, better quality life.

What’s not to love about this list?

Not just a 30 Day Walking Challenge

After more than three weeks of daily walking, it has started to become a daily habit, something I absolutely must fit into my day. What this walking challenge is teaching me is that I can find at least 30 minutes a day to exercise. I can walk every single day. This walking challenge is not just about the month of September, it’s just the beginning. It’s about the month of forever.

As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine”. I’ll drink a tall glass of water to that!

Have you been fitting in your daily walks?

2 comments

  1. I said I was in when you first started it (I’m new to reading your blog, which I enjoy very much; not even sure how I found it . . . probably twitter or something) and I’m still going strong. I realized I was already kind of doing it, as I take my dog out to the river every day. I just made MORE sure to do it, and as she’s recovered from a nagging injury or two of her own I’ve just been making sure to stay out for at least 30 minutes. With cross-country skiing and snowshoe season on the horizon, I plan to up the effort a bit more in the coming weeks, especially with milder temperatures showing up.

    • Hi Chris, great to hear you’re still going strong with the challenge. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how you’re finding the challenge. I’m going to continue beyond the 30 days, that’s for sure. I’ve struggled at times to fit in my 30 minutes, but I’ve done it and I’ve enjoyed it. Without the challenge, there would have been a few days I didn’t make it. I’m going to relax my rules though and allow for substitution – so a 30 minute+ bike ride is OK etc. Snowshoe season? Wow, that’s a whole other ball game. There’s no snow around here, even in the middle of winter. And now we’re well into spring but the weather is crazy. It’s Melbourne, after all. 12 degrees celsius one day, 30 degrees the next.

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