Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
Did you know that there’s an entire day to celebrate fathers and daughters going for a walk together? July 7th is National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day. Besides reaping tons of healthy benefits from walking, it’s an excellent opportunity for some daughter and dad bonding.
Walking is a super easy summer activity to do with kids. It doesn’t cost anything, and you can pretty much do it anywhere. Plus, it’s great exercise and delivers tons of health benefits. Whether you want to hit the trails, tackle the local park’s walking path, or even hop on a treadmill at the gym.
No matter where your father-daughter walk takes you, it’s sure to make you feel good. Here are five amazing benefits of walking.
1. Walking Helps Your MoodWalking briskly helps release feel-good endorphins that uplift your mood and help you cope with stress. It can give you a much-needed boost if you’re upset or anxious. Aim for 30 minutes at a pace that elevates your heart rate to reap the most mood-lifting benefits.
2. Walking Helps You Build StrengthIf you start a regular walking routine, you can improve balance, flexibility, and strength. Over time, walking helps strengthen your bones and joints, improving your mobility and reducing your risk of breaking bones.
3. It Can Give Your Brain A BoostToday, everyone’s going in a million different directions, and it can be hard to keep it all straight, no matter how many calendars you use. You can boost your brainpower with roughly 30 minutes of walking a day. Walking increases the blood flow to your brain, and it also can have a significant impact on memory.
4. You Can Improve Your Overall Health By WalkingWalking is one of the most affordable ways to take care of your health. In addition to the above benefits, it can help reduce your risk for several other diseases and conditions. Multiple studies have shown links between walking and less chance of diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
5. Waking Could Help You Live LongerIt stands to reason that if walking can help reduce your risk for several diseases, it means you could live longer, right? But, there’s more to it -- a study by the American Cancer Society showed walking every week can add years to your life. People who walk for two to four hours a week could see a potentially significant increase in their lifespan.
Time To Start WalkingMake sure to drink plenty of water and walk at a comfortable pace, increasing your efforts as you improve. If you plan to start an intense walking regimen, consult your doctor first and ensure you’re doing what your body can handle. Also, stay aware of your surroundings, and wear reflective clothing if walking after dark.
Beginning a walking routine with your kids is an excellent way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and help children enjoy exercise. It’s also a fabulous opportunity to strengthen your bond since it provides a casual way to communicate as you walk together. So, put on your walking shoes and enjoy each other’s company.