7 Benefits of Walking Everyday and How To Motivate Yourself

7 Benefits of Walking Everyday and How To Motivate Yourself

Ellie Savoy 29/01/2023
7 Benefits of Walking Everyday and How To Motivate Yourself

Walking is a simple and low-impact form of exercise that offers many health benefits.

It's a very accessible and easy exercise that can be done by people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities.

Walking is an easy way to be active, it can be done anywhere, it requires no equipment and it's free.

Some of the key benefits of walking everyday include:

1. Improved Cardiovascular Health

Walking can help to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

2. Better Weight Management

Walking is a great way to burn calories and maintain a healthy weight.

3. Enhanced Muscle and Bone Strength

Walking can help to build and maintain strong muscles and bones, which can help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.

4. Improved Mental Health

Walking can help to reduce stress and improve mood, it can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

5. Increased Energy and Stamina

Walking can help to increase energy levels and reduce fatigue, which can help to improve overall physical and mental well-being.

6. Stronger Balance and Coordination

Walking can help to improve balance and coordination, which can help to reduce the risk of falls, particularly among older adults.

7. Better Sleep

Walking can help to improve sleep quality, as it can help to reduce stress and relax the body.

How to Motivate Yourself To Walk 

It's important to establish a regular routine of walking, ideally it's best to walk at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve overall physical and mental health, and make you feel good.

Motivating yourself to walk can sometimes be challenging, especially if you're not in the habit of exercising regularly. Here are a few tips that can help you to get motivated and start walking:

  • Set realistic goals: Start by setting small, realistic goals for yourself. For example, you might begin by aiming to walk for 10 minutes a day, and then gradually increase the amount of time you walk as you become more comfortable.

  • Make it a habit: Try to make walking a part of your daily routine. For example, you could set aside the same time each day for a walk, such as before breakfast, during your lunch break or after dinner. By creating a routine it becomes more difficult to skip and easier to stick with.

  • Find a walking partner: Walking with someone else can make the experience more enjoyable and help you to stay motivated. Find someone who has similar goals, who also wants to walk more and walk together.

  • Mix up your route: To keep things interesting, try to vary your walking route whenever possible. This can help to make walking feel more like an adventure, rather than a chore.

  • Keep track of your progress: Use a pedometer, app or any other device to track the distance you have walked, the number of steps, etc. Seeing the progress you have made will encourage you to keep going.

  • Reward yourself: Once you have reached your goal or when you've done something good, give yourself a reward. It doesn't have to be something big, it can be something as simple as a good book, a piece of your favorite candy, or a bubble bath.

  • Make it Fun: Walking doesn't have to be just about the exercise, it can be combined with other activities like listening to music, a podcast or an audiobook, taking pictures, trying to walk in nature or even dog-walking.

Remember, the most important thing is to be consistent, it is better to walk a little bit every day than to try to do too much all at once and burn out. Try to focus on the benefits, how good you'll feel after the walk, how it will help you to have more energy, etc. If you have a hard time getting started, try breaking up your walk into shorter segments. Keep in mind, the goal is to get moving, not to do a marathon on the first day.

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Ellie Savoy

Health Expert

Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!

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