For all of us who leave for office early in the morning, sights of innumerable sneakers walking briskly catch our attention; and we wish how great it would be for us to take a long and refreshing walk every morning. Well, if you have thought about that you are actually right. And for all of you who find it difficult to drag themselves out of the bed, let me tell you that it is one of the best ways to keep yourself fit and overall healthy. Let’s take a look at the 5 top benefits you can reap out of early morning walks
1. Improves heart health
Our heart pumps life into our body and so it is our responsibility to take special care of it. As we are well aware that the morning air is pollution-free and fresh, so taking a walk early in the morning increase the oxygen intake. Taking a brisk walk regularly in the morning helps in uninterrupted blood circulation that reduces high blood pressure and keeps our heart in the peak of health.
Walking strengthens our lungs and heart improving immunity and muscle development. It reduces bad cholesterol while increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood. Walking also improves sexual health.
2. Reduces stress
How stressed are we these days! Work pressure in office, family pressure, financial pressure, the factors leading to stress goes on and on. But walking right in the morning is like a breath of fresh air and gives us peace of mind. It naturally reduces stress and anxiety and improves our mental health. If you feel mildly depressed, try taking morning walks for a month. You’ll feel the difference. There is actually no need to visit a psychiatrist and take anti-depression pills. Walking not just improves your physical health; it takes care of your mental health too.
However, if you feel that you are constantly losing focus on work or experiencing abnormal mental health symptoms, it’s imperative to visit a doctor. Walking is not always a substitute.
3. Improves energy
With such a busy lifestyle, it is important that you have enough energy to keep you going through the day. While we have discussed how nutritious food is the source of good energy, morning walks enhance your energy and makes you feel more dynamic. Waking up and rushing to work clogs your mind and makes you feel ridiculous during your most productive hours. Try to wake up two hours before you leave for office and take a morning walk. It not just revitalizes you but also sharpens your mind and makes you feel active.
4. Builds muscle and promotes weight loss
Did you know that an hour of walking every day builds your muscle mass, tones your body and helps you lose around 5-7 kg of excess weight?
Walking is one of the best exercises to burn calories and improve your metabolic rate. You’ll feel a difference in body weight and it comes free of cost.
5. Controls diabetes
Research says that taking early morning walks for at least 30 minutes improves blood sugar level and also helps to manage type-2 diabetes. Morning walks allow the cells in the muscles to use more glucose while burning excess body fat and maintain the BMI. It is very beneficial for diabetes.
The best time for a morning walk is between 6 am – 7 am. So wake up early every morning and walk for your health and well-being.