National Walking Day is every year on the first Wednesday in April, 6th 2022. National Walking Day is exactly as it sounds – a day to celebrate the easiest way to be the healthiest version of you. Walking for thirty to sixty minutes per day may sound like it isn’t much, but studies have shown that it can drastically improve your health.
No matter how small your walk is there is proof that it will benefit your health if you walk on a regular basis. Take a look at the following 18 benefits to walking daily.
1. To help tone your muscles.
2. To boost your immune system.
3. To reduce the risk of cancer.
4. To help you sleep better.
5. To help you to keep fit.
6. To activate stronger and healthier bones.
7. To make you feel more energetic.
8. To improve your confidence.
9. To help strengthen your heart.
10. To keep your weight in check.
11. To help prevent osteoporosis.
12. To boost your Vitamin D levels.
13. To make you feel happy.
14. To lower blood pressure.
15. To delay ageing.
16. To increase lung capacity.
17. To address key symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL WALKING DAY
The National Today website write about the History of National Walking Day. Walking has always been a part of being human. Many archaeologists have found that even when humans were nomadic tribes, we would often walk great distances to stalk our prey (think Wooly Mammoths) and wait for them to sleep before pouncing. Walking is, essentially, what humans are physically we best at. We’re the slowest runners, the worst swimmers, and we can’t even fly without a big jet engine. Walking is the humans bread and butter.
Maybe that’s why during the Victorian era there was a little fad called pedestrianism, where walking became one of the major spectator sports in America and Europe until baseball usurped it. But individuals would wager massive bets over whether walkers could make it marathon distances and under what time. There’s a reason why racewalking is an Olympic sport, after all.
Whether it’s John Muir’s spiritual journeys through the woods; pilgrimages to Mecca; or just a casual stroll through your local park, walking has always held a close, dear place in the hearts of humans. It’s no wonder that there are so many health benefits associated with it and also why National Move More Month and National Walking Day were created promote this fantastic and surprisingly easy pastime.
Source: National Today