Why Walking In Autumn Can Make You Feel Healthier & Happier

It FINALLY cooled off this week! So, let’s talk about Autumn and the number one thing that most people stop doing when this time of year comes round – getting outdoors.

While summer may strike you as the best time to be outside as much as possible – Autumn is also the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air. In fact, it comes with a whole lot of health benefits too!

Bright blue and sunny skies; crisp, frosty ground; trees painted in bright reds, oranges and yellows; and hills covered in velvety pink and purple heather – how could you not be drawn into spending more time outside making the most of the tranquil scenery?

While a lot of us put our walking shoes in the back of the closet the minute that summer starts to fade, what if I told you that taking a gentle stroll in the Autumn has a great impact on your health, and can even lift your mood and fend off the ‘winter blues’ despite the dark nights drawing in?

Just Take a Look at Some of These Autumn Walking Plus-points:

  • Gorgeous views amid colorful Autumn scenery
  • Huge panoramas under bright blue skies
  • Breath-taking views
  • Seasonal wildlife
  • Less crowded walking routes
  • Stunning misty mornings and golden sunsets
  • Kicking up the leaves
  • And warming hot chocolate after a day’s exploring

More tempted now??

There are many reasons why I’m so fond of walking for everyone. You don’t have to move at a fast pace like running, and it’s very unlikely to cause any injuries that will keep you from doing what you love.

Everyone can walk!

Also, you don’t need any fancy equipment (like you do with most sports), and it’s the foundation for good health.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at some of the ways walking enhances our life…

It Blows Your Stress Away

What do I do when I need to get away from a stressful day? I go for a walk! Preferably surrounded by nature.

It may be at the park or in the mountains. For others, it might be in the woods or even at the beach.

Sure enough, going for a walk anywhere in a natural setting is going to reduce your stress levels.

Lowers Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s

Believe it or not, walking can actually be good for your mind and overall mental health.

According to a study by the foundation, people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

It Tones You Up!

It might seem pretty obvious that exercise can help you build, and tone your muscles, but this especially holds true when it comes to walking.

Walking helps tone up legs, bums and abs – just be sure to be aware of your posture that you’re not slouching over, and your head is held up high.

Keeps You Moving No Matter What Age!

Walking (no matter what age you are) can help you stay mobile and independent even in your 70’s and beyond!

It keeps your joints moving so they don’t seize up, and your body strong – reducing the likelihood that you’ll be affected later on in life with something like back, knee or hip pain.

Burns Calories!

And way more than you think!

Brisk walking raises your heart rate, helps you get fitter, and keeps you from feeling tired less quickly.

If you walk briskly for just 30 minutes, you can burn about 150 calories – which is equal to the number you’d burn playing doubles tennis for the same length of time. And it’s more than half the number of calories in the average chocolate bar!

Although the exact number you burn depends on your body weight, age and fitness, there’s no denying that walking more is a good thing.

So there you have it – 5 reasons why you should keep active this Autumn and explore more with walking.

Keep active all year round, so by the time the warmer months come back around, you can keep active for longer without risking any injuries, or nagging aches or soreness putting a damper on your day!

Dr. Jeanne Williams, PT, DPT, OCS
We help endurance athletes (from beginners to pros) train and cross the finish line faster and injury-free!


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