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4 Reasons to get your jog on.
With the warm spring temperatures approaching, our thoughts turn to finally getting out of the house and enjoying the outdoors! Weekends are great for hiking, fishing, visiting a nearby lake or even taking a weekend camping trip. But, it’s possible, and important, to get outdoors everyday! Many Americans spend their work week days almost entirely indoors, getting into their car in the garage, driving to work, working inside, and then returning home to “the grind” of dinner, childrens’ needs and the bedtime routines. It can become an unconscious habit to live out our week days like this, even when the weather is blissful outside. One of the best ways to combat this is to start an easy walking or jogging routine.
Now, before you go running from this site (that pun intended!), let me clarify. I’m not suggesting you take up “running,” which is, for all intents and purposes, a sport. I’m talking about walking or jogging: Casual, enjoyable, outdoor activities that fuel you, not deplete you. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated; Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life. Here are a few reasons why a walking or jogging routine will greatly benefit you.
1. You will spend time outdoors, and that means Vitamin D for your depleted winter system. Vitamin D is important for absorbing calcium from your diet, and for keeping a healthy immune system.
2. Being outdoors while moving your body inherently means a reduction in everyday stress, and the calming effect that going “unplugged” from the television can have on your nervous system.
3. Being outdoors also means running into novel stimulation, perhaps greeting neighbors you haven’t seen since the first snow last year, and being reminded of the natural rhythms to the seasons, which we can largely forget when we’re living indoors.
4. Finally, you will likely lose weight, or maintain your healthy weight while getting to indulge in some of the common summertime treats. According to the Mayo Clinic, brisk walking can prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It also strengthens your bones, which offsets potential Osteoporosis, and improves your mood. Of course, the more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.
No matter what your reason, commit to just a week’s worth of getting outdoors after work this month, and you’ll quickly learn just how much good it does you!