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Why Walking In the Fall Can Make You Feel Healthier & Happier

Walking

Let’s talk about the Fall. What’s that?  Being that it’s California, we don’t see the seasons change much.  But when it starts getting cold, the number one thing that most people stop doing is– getting outdoors.

While summer may strike you as the best time to be outside as much as possible – Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air (in fact, it comes with a whole lot of health benefits too!)…

Bright blue and sunny skies; crisp, frosty ground; trees painted in bright reds, oranges and yellows (we do see these trees-just not a lot of them here)- how could you not be drawn into spending more time outside, making the most of the tranquil scenery?

While most of us put our walking shoes to the back of the cupboard the minute that summer starts to fade, what if I told you that taking a gentle stroll in the Fall has a great impact on your health, and can even lift your mood and fend the ‘winter blues’ despite the dark nights drawing in?

Just Take a Look at Some of These FALL Walking Plus-points:

  • Gorgeous views amid colorful Fall scenery
  • Huge panoramas under bright blue skies
  • Breath-taking ocean views
  • Seasonal wildlife
  • Less crowded walking routes
  • Stunning misty mornings and golden sunsets
  • Kicking up the leaves
  • And a warming hot chocolate after a day’s of exploring

More tempted now?…

There are many reasons why I’m so fond of walking, you don’t have to move at a fast pace like running, and it’s very unlikely to cause any injuries that put you out from doing what you love.

Everyone can walk!

Also, you don’t need any equipment (like you do with most sports), and it’s the foundation for good health.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at some of the ways walking benefits our life…

It Blows Your Stress Away

What do I do when I need to get away from a stressful day? I go for a walk!

Preferably surrounded by nature.

For me it’s the beach, or the hills. For others, it might be the woods or even a park.

Sure enough, going for a walk anywhere in a natural setting is going to reduce your stress levels.

Lowers Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s

Believe it or not, walking can actually be good for your mind and overall mental health.

According to a study by the foundation, people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who walked more than a quarter of a mile a day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

It Tones You Up!

It might seem pretty obvious that exercise can help you build, and tone your muscles, but this especially holds true when it comes to walking. Walking helps tone up legs, bums and tums – just be sure to be aware of your posture that you’re not slouching over, and your head is held up high.

Keeps You Moving No Matter What Age!

Walking (no matter what age you are) can help you stay mobile and independent even in your 70’s and beyond!

It keeps your joints moving so they don’t seize up, and your body strong – reducing the likelihood that you’ll be affected later on in life with something like knee and hip pain.

Burns Calories!

And way more than you think!

Brisk walking raises your heart rate, helps you get fitter, and keeps you from feeling tired less quickly.  If you walk briskly for just 30 minutes, you can burn up to 150 calories –which is equal to the number you’d burn playing doubles tennis for the same length of time. And it’s more than half the number of calories in the average chocolate bar!

Although the exact number you burn depends on your body weight, age and fitness, there’s no denying that walking more is a good thing.

So there you have it, 5 reasons why you should keep active this FALL and explore more with walking.

Keep active all year round, so by the time the warmer months come round, you can keep active for longer without risking any injuries, or slight pain dampening your day.

Dr. Carlo L. Sayo, DPT, OCS

Dr. Carlo L. Sayo, DPT, OCS graduated from UCLA with his Bachelors of Science in Psychobiology with a Minor in Geriatrics. In 2006, he went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Dr. Carlo L. Sayo, DPT, OCS
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