The Further You Can Walk The Healthier You Are

The infant development process has always fascinated me. However, as of late, the process it takes to get to us to the point in which we can finally stand and walk is what fascinates me the most.  We go from a fluid filled sack in our mother’s womb to a quadruped for the first year of our life, until we earn the ability to operate as a bi-pede. 

Walking preserves our functionality better than anything else; it is what we were designed to do.  I truly believe it is essential for anyone looking to optimize mental and physical performance to walk every single day for at least 30-60 minutes.

In an attempt to convince you even further,

I have listed some potential, maybe guaranteed benefits of a daily walking practice.

  • Improves clarity of thought and integration of brain hemispheres.

    • A study published at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014, concluded that regular walks can slow down the faltering mental skills and the shrinking of the brain that is the side effect of old age. The study consisted of subjects between the ages of 60 and 80, and published evidence the brisk walking three times a week augments the part of our brains linked to memory and planning.

  • Balances the autonomic nervous system.

    • Most of us are very sympathetic or Yang dominant. Which means we are in a fight or flight state regularly. Slow walking can stimulate the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system which will keep us balanced and even keel.

  • Improves digestive strength/peristalsis.

    • Slow walking has been shown to increase transit time by promoting gastric motility.

  • Facilitates Central Nervous System health.

    • Walking and breathing result in nutation and counter-nutation of the sacrum promoting pumping of cerebrospinal fluid.

  • Reduces stress.

    • Walking is an excellent form of meditation. Especially for those of us that cannot sit still.

    • Since most of us are nature deficient, walking in nature at a park, the beach, or a board walk is an excellent way to connect with the outdoors.

    • Walking is a perfect time to practice diaphragmatic breathing, which will help reduce stress levels.

  • Promotes cardiovascular health.

    • Walking is an excellent form of resistance training. Hit a park with changing terrain.

If you commit and follow through on a daily walking practice I can guarantee your life will be more productive and you will feel better.

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