Think about it busy ladies; what would you do if someone told you that there was one thing that you could do, personally, that could help improve your entire being…from your mind to your body to your soul? This “something” could benefit both your mental health as well as your physical health. This “thing” could even help improve your sleep habits… and so much more. How would you feel about that? Pretty excited, right!? Good news, ladies, WALKING is the big “something”. Let’s take a look at some of the merits of walking and why you should make this an important factor in your daily life.

BRAIN BOOSTER Ladies, not only are our lives busy, but they are also getting older. When we read the magazines for adults who are reaching more maturity, there’s a lot of emphasis put on keeping the body physically healthy. Usually that’s at the top of our list for fitness. But what about brain heath. Our brains require just as much upkeep. Even small steps of exercise can help stimulate our brain health and keep us thinking clearer. Walking at a brisk pace for about 45 minutes a day can help sharpen our cognitive thinking skills as we age.

DESTRESSOR Physical exercise is a long time reliable stress-reliever. A 30- minute walk during lunchtime can put you in a better mood. Just think, ladies, this is a “quick fix” for stress. To relieve stress even more, try listening to relaxing music or meditation while walking. The combination of these two will help to stave off anxiety even more by keeping positive thoughts flowing through your mind.

SOUND ASLEEP Ladies, we know how the benefits of sleep affects our overall health. That’s the time our body repairs itself from the stresses of our busy day. Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly have better sleep quality. Be careful not to exercise too close to bed time. As this may have an adverse effect and keep you up most of the night.

IMPROVE YOUR FITNESS If improving your fitness is your end game, walking is a great option for that, too. While it may take longer to see results than running or a more intense workout, it can still improve your cardiovascular health. Start slow to warm your muscles up. Then gradually increase your pace and remember to cool down to bring the heart rate down. You should make it your goal to walk about three miles in 45 minutes.

Ladies, walking is a cure all for a lot of things. When you walk, make sure that you watch your posture and take short steps so that you don’t have any unforeseen injuries. Make sure to drink plenty of water and stretch before and after the walk. Ladies, let’s get our shoes and let’s do that “something”!