Take a Walk

With the promise of beautiful weather across the U.S. this holiday weekend (except for the poor people who are in the midst of dealing with yet another hurricane that has blown through the country), it’s a great time to take a walk. It’s definitely important to have a regular exercise plan, but it’s also really good for our bodies to take breaks and move around.

orangutan

You might not see a wild orangutan…

One of my very first blog posts, that many of you may not have seen, was Get Moving. I talk about research findings that indicate it might actually be more useful for our bodies to regularly move throughout the day in small energetic bursts than in one block once a day.

...or see the sun rise over Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo...

…or see the sun rise over Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo…

Taking a 10-minute walk is a really good example of this. Walking is easy because the world is your gym. It’s less appealing if it’s pouring rain or icicles-on-the-eyebrows freezing cold, but most days it’s nice enough to get out for some fresh air for a few minutes.

...or wander through a rice paddy in Bali...

…or wander through a rice paddy in Bali…

Walking is great because it stimulates brain chemicals and activity. So if you’re feeling sluggish, walking will actually help you to feel more energetic and help you focus better when you return to the task you were doing. So even if you just take a walk around the block or up and down the halls, you’re doing your body–and mind–a favor.

...but you'll be a happier and healthier person for the effort.

…but you’ll be a happier and healthier person for the effort. And some day, you might if you find yourself in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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