Health benefits of walking in winter
Wrapping up and going out for a daily walk can be especially beneficial to your health in winter. We give you good reasons to head outdoors.
Duvet days and TV box sets become a source of great comfort in the winter months, and that’s certainly true after a tough year! However, there are strong health reasons to peel yourself out of the armchair and use spare time for winter walks.
Creating good mental health
There is nothing quite like a brisk walk on a crisp winter’s day to lift your mood. Not least as doing something constructive outdoors can give you a great sense of achievement.
Weigh management and fitness
That winter walk will also burn up calories! Something that can be particularly important if you are comfort eating on cold winter days. Studies have found that 30 minutes of vigorous walking can be as good for you – if not better – than time spent in a gym or going for a run. Especially if you are aged over 50.
Any form of exercise releases endorphins, the hormones that build mental positivity and sharpen up your senses. So, that winter walk could leave you feeling energised and wide awake!
The benefits of fresh air
Breathing fresh air deep into your lungs can go a long way to balancing out the negative impact of central heating and stuffy rooms. You will be taking in highly concentrated oxygen, which can then travel to boost your whole body.
Boosting circulation, metabolism and recuperation
A steady winter walk can do great things for your heart and joints. If you’re recovering from some types of injury or illness, gentle aerobic exercise and stretching in the fresh air can be highly beneficial.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge even found that regular moderate exercise like walking can help you to live longer!
Free and fun
Winter walks are a great way to boost your fitness – and mental health – without spending a penny! Also, having a family walk or meeting someone for a socially distanced stroll can be a much-needed social experience.
Please contact us for more winter health tips and advice on making the most of outdoor activities if you have pre-existing health conditions.