If you ask us we will be the first to tell you that walking is absolutely part of your beauty routine. The New York Times recently wrote a story in praise of the walk-and-talk for building connections, but there are a plethora of beauty and wellness benefits that come from getting outside and putting one foot in front of the other.
Clearer, Healthier Skin
Walking can help improve circulation, which can lead to clearer, healthier skin. When you walk, your heart rate increases, which causes blood to flow more quickly throughout your body. This increased blood flow can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin, which can help keep it looking healthy and radiant.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Walking is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. When you walk, your body releases endorphins, which are natural mood elevators. These endorphins can help reduce stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling more relaxed and calm. If you’re ever in a funk, no one felt worse after going for a walk. Sometimes just 5 minutes is enough to shake you out of a rut.
Improved Sleep Quality
If you struggle with getting a good night's sleep, maybe start working a walk into your day. Regular exercise, like walking, has been shown to improve sleep quality. Light is a super important cue for your body’s internal clock, so 15 minutes of direct natural light in the morning can help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
Walking is a great way of adding low-impact exercise into your daily routine. When you walk, you burn calories and build muscle, which can help boost your metabolism and make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. The more brisk your walk, the more your heart rate increases which helps burn calories. Alternating between a power walk and a recovery walk can turn your walk into an interval workout.