Hey y’all, so there are some nights when it seems like there is just too much to be done and too little time to do it…at least, that’s how I feel sometimes. You know what really helps me to get things done and stay focused? Having an evening routine. I know, I know, but trust me on this, it really does help. The past few weeks I’ve been coming home from work and first thing I do is change and get my workout in, and I haven’t missed a day, and that was during the crazy holiday times too! I then have a bit of energy so I can get some chores done, make dinner, etc. It’s all because I have an evening routine and that really helps me to streamline my night.
I think by now we all know how important exercise is. However, did you know the reasoning behind getting in your 10,000 steps a day? Of course, most of us have heard of this goal, but we may not know the reasoning behind it. Luckily, I pulled that information, so you now know why you need to get your steps in!
As with most forms of exercise, getting your steps in is not just to torture you, there are real health benefits to it. So check them out and start walking!
- Increased flexibility. That’s right, just walking can help with that, though I definitely suggest adding something else on too to help keep those muscles loose.
- Burn fat. It’s a form of working out, so of course, by getting those 10,000 steps you are burning calories and fat.
- Promote good digestion. This one may be a bit surprising, it’s actually not something I had known about previously.
- Relieves stress. Especially now that we are getting into cooler weather, there’s nothing like a nice walk outside in the brisk fall air to help you get out of your head and let go of some of that stress.
- Increases energy. All forms of exercise give you more energy after to tackle what’s left of your day, so make sure you hit those step goals!
- Improves posture. This one is important for soo many reasons, the top one being, you don’t want to see a chiropractor once a week for the rest of your life! So stop slouching and get walking!
There have also been a few studies showing women especially are less likely to suffer from medical issues if they get their 10,000 steps a day. So ladies, and gents, please make time for this, and use a tool to help you know if you got your steps. If you have an Apple watch or Fitbit, check those stats! If not, pedometers and other fitness trackers are cheap, and easy to use 🙂
Most of us struggle to get the right amount of exercise each day, in some cases you have to get up super early before work to get a workout in or you wait until the evening and try to work it around everything else. No matter who you are or whether you have a gym membership or not, one exercise that you can do that is great for you is walking.
The studies have spoken, and walking is one of the best forms of exercise there is. If you don’t believe me, check out this study about walking groups: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/49/11/710 Walking has been proven to help with weight loss, cardiac health, lower blood pressure, and decrease depression, while also giving you a boost creatively.
With all the different benefits, even 30 minutes of a brisk walk each night can make a huge difference for your health, and it’s easy enough to do. If you have time to binge several episodes of The Office on Netflix, you have time to fit in a walk.
Most of us tried various hobbies as kids, and then dropped them. Pick up a hobby you stopped as a kid and see if it still brings you the same joy it did then or maybe even if you hated it then and now love it.
It’s ok to take a cheat day for yourself, whether that’s with eating something unhealthy or skipping a workout. Don’t feel guilty.
When you’re at work, get your blood pumping a bit by doing some great exercises at your desk. There’s plenty you can do, and it’ll help you fight illness and disease.
It’s so simple to get a good workout in, especially if you find a hobby that’s a workout. I personally love ice skating and line dancing, and they’re not only super fun for me to go out with friends, but they also are a great workout.
Take 5-10 minutes each morning to stretch, clear your mind, and get the blood flowing. That’s right, this is not only good for your mental health, but your physical health too.