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It seems like such a simple thing, but most of the people on this planet don’t walk enough. Our ancestors populated the world by walking to new places and even our genes express themselves better when we walk more.
The general guideline and consensus is 10,000 steps a day. The average person in the UK only does between 3000 or 4000. That’s a bit of a shortfall if we want all the lovely health benefits that walking gives us.
Lots of research has shown us that the daily habit of placing one foot in front of the other and repeating gives us a boost in the following wonderful ways:
It helps our brains function better – it improves memory, creativity, and academic performance
It helps prevent falls, especially when done on uneven or rough ground. It helps our nervous system function better by stimulating those joints and muscles via movement.
It helps reduce stress and improve sleep
Improvement in our immune system
Lowers blood pressure and inflammatory markers (cholesterol)
It even helps us in our weight loss/maintenance goals
There are many exciting and fun ways to increase the walking we do every day. Standing desks are becoming more common in the workplace, there are many fabulous walking clubs locally to help get you out and about no matter your age or stage in life, or making some simple lifestyle changes such as getting off the train/bus/tram one stop earlier than normal. Parking the car at the far side of the carpark rather than right by the doors of where you wish to go/be, or taking the stairs instead of the lift or escalators.
There are also many modern devices available to help you count your steps (check out the FitBit or even your iPhone).