Stress-busting Walking Workout

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By Ella Brooks for Sniffle Solutions

Walking is a step in the right direction for your health — and it’s the perfect form of exercise for busy moms. You can walk anywhere, anytime: Just put on your sneakers and head out the door. “When you walk at a brisk pace, the body produces feel-good hormones called endorphins. This automatically improves your mood and decreases stress,” says Toronto-based personal trainer Barb Gormley.

With all the time you spend caring for your whole family, taking less than a half-hour of fresh-air care for yourself will help you clear your mind so you can tackle your day. Read on to find out how every step you take improves your health and then try our easy, four-week walking workout plan to beat stress.

Walking Benefit: A Healthier Heart
According to a recent study of over 39,000 women published by the American Heart Association, those who walked for two or more hours per week had a 30 percent reduced risk of stroke than those who did not walk at all.

Walking Benefit: Better Memory
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that older men who walked less than 1/4 mile each day had almost twice the risk of dementia compared to those who walked more than 2 miles.

{ MORE: 4 Tips to Prevent Bumps and Bruises as Baby Learns to Walk }

Walking Benefit: A Slim Waistline
In one new study of over 18,400 premenopausal women, researchers from Harvard School of Public Heath found that those who made even small increases in the amount of time they spend walking briskly or biking every day decreased their risk of gaining weight.

Walking Benefit: A Better Mood
Anyone who regularly hits the treadmill will report a boost of good feelings post-workout, but a recent study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise uses science to prove it. Researchers monitored participants diagnosed with depression as they either walked on a treadmill for 30 minutes or sat and rested quietly. Those who walked reported more feelings of well-being and more energy than those who rested.

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9 comments

  1. Kay says:

    This is great! Add some intervals and you can maximize your workouts even more!

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    This is promising! I wish baby and mommy can go out for a walk every morning. Either its the weather or mommy feeling lazy to go out. Can climbing up the stairs multiple times count?!

  3. Heatherly says:

    This is great! I wish I could just walk comfortably to the corner and back!

  4. Marilyn says:

    I need to do this 😀

  5. PrettyBoogs says:

    This is the perfect way to get started!! I will use this exact format as soon as this dreadful snow melts.. which will be soon I can hear the constant dripping 🙂

  6. Deanne says:

    Anything to relieve stress and to help my depression

  7. Definitely going to have to do this!

  8. ML says:

    i’m going to try this!

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