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Step into Wellness: Unveiling the Remarkable Benefits of Daily Walking

I love to walk. Normally alone. It’s my therapy, my “me” time, my time to untangle thoughts and reset.

There are days when the prospect of walking does not appeal. Maybe my to-do list feels overwhelming, work beckons, chores stack up, I may feel tired, and the allure of the couch may seem strong! But, guaranteed if I make the effort to get my sneakers on and head outside, I will be rewarded. I always return revitalized, with balance restored, and a readiness to tackle the day. More often than not, my mood is elevated, my mind is decluttered and I’m likely buzzing with fresh ideas that I can’t wait to bring to life.

Walking has this funny way of making my mind come alive with ideas, it amazes me every time. Often, sitting at my laptop I can lack creativity and experience mental blocks. When out walking my thoughts wake up! I’ve had some of my best ideas while walking. Without doubt, the confidence and inspiration for Jane Macgregor Health & Wellness was born while out pounding the paths in my local neighborhood.

It’s a mini escape that helps me clear my head and feel renewed. It is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, with each step you can process your worries and make room for new positive thoughts.

Frequently, my clients just starting out on their journey will ask me for fitness advice. What’s my golden rule? Walk! I encourage them never to underestimate this simple act with profound benefits.

I don’t think it would come as a surprise to many that walking is one of the best things we can do for our health. It ranks among the best investments in our wellbeing and the list of proven physical benefits is extensive:

  • Children who walk to school are fitter than their peers.

  • Senior adults who embrace brisk walks extend their lifespan.

  • Those who incorporate short bursts of walking, tend to have lower resting blood sugar and triglycerides post meals. It strengthens joints and bones.

  • Boosts your immune system.

  • Women who engage in regular walks tend to live longer.

  • Walking can improve your cardiovascular function and improve your blood pressure.

The list goes on, but I’m sure you get the drift!

I would argue that the benefits of walking on the mind are just as significant as the physical gains.

I am continually amazed by the mental transformation I experience after a walk. It’s a powerful component in my health and wellness toolkit.

It’s like stepping into a sanctuary away from daily life, away from the hustle and bustle. A time to prioritize myself, untangle my thoughts, connect with nature, and a time to de-stress. In my opinion it is one of the most powerful tools for stress management, an area of significant importance within my program.

In today’s busy world, there is not enough emphasis placed on how we handle stress, and making time for rejuvenation often goes underestimated (a standalone topic that I will address another day).

Some days I tune into an inspiring podcast or audiobook, while on other days I might catch up with a good friend on the phone. Sometimes, I use the time to commit to learning something new via a podcast, or sometimes I’ll listen to music. Some days, I embrace the silence. It’s intuitive. Every day brings something different, and I tune into what my mind and body need at that moment.

I encourage you to commit to a daily walk, and I hope you’ll find that it delivers a multitude of rewards.

Step outside, immerse yourself in nature, and while each stride contributes to your physical wellbeing, I hope you’ll find you’re equally taking care of your mind and mental health. This simple act holds the power to recharge your spirit, ignite your energy and unlock your creativity.

I live in Katy, Texas and am extremely lucky to have miles upon miles of trails on my doorstep. If you live in the area you may want to check out Spring Lake Trail, Mason Creek Hike Trail, or George Bush Park. In the wider Houston area, some of my favorite places to visit are Buffalo Bayou, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Memorial Park, Terry Hershey Park, Brazos Bend or Cullinan Park to name a few.

For local clients enrolled in my program, I offer a “walk and talk” service. Instead of our weekly check-in call taking place on zoom, some clients love to meet up and enjoy an in-person coaching session while ticking off our daily step goal! #walking #ew

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