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Transform Your Life in Just 10 Minutes a Day with a Simple Activity - Walking!

Did you know that just 10 minutes of walking per day can have a significant impact on your overall health and emotional well-being? That's right - even when you're feeling strapped for time in your days as a caregiver, taking 10 minutes to focus on your wellness for a short walk can make a big difference. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from taking a daily walk, with or without your loved one:

Boost Your Mood: Exercise, including walking, helps stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural chemicals that make you feel good. Endorphins help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression and increase your overall sense of well-being.

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Improve Cardiovascular Health: Brisk walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that can help improve your heart health. By increasing your heart rate, you can improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease. What counts as a brisk walking pace? Fast enough to where you can still talk but not comfortably sing.

Maintain Healthy Weight: Walking is an excellent way to maintain a healthy weight or even lose weight. By burning calories and increasing your metabolism, walking can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Strengthen Muscles and Bones: Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that helps strengthen muscles, bones, and joints. It can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility.

Boost Your Brainpower: Walking can also boost your brainpower by increasing blood flow to the brain and improving cognitive function. Studies have shown that regular exercise, including walking, can help improve memory, attention, and focus.

So, how do you start incorporating a daily walk into your routine? Start small - especially if you haven't been exercising regularly - and gradually increase your time and distance. If you've already had some movement in your daily routine, begin with 10 minutes of brisk walking each day and work up to 30 minutes or more. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and stay hydrated. You can also consider finding a walking partner or a group to help keep you motivated and accountable.

If you're just starting to incorporate movement into your day, you might start with two to five minutes every day the first week, gradually increasing your time every week by five minutes a day until you reach 30 minutes each day. For peak health benefits, set your long-term goal for at least 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

Your daily walks can give you some much-needed alone and quiet time or you can choose to amp up the exercise you can get from your walk by bringing the one you care for along with you. The increase in cardio and the change in how your muscles are being used by pushing a wheelchair or stroller can provide a nice boost to your new routine.

Walking just 10 minutes a day is such a simple activity that can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. So, lace up those sneakers and take a step towards a healthier, happier you.


Self-Care Mastery for June 2023

On the first Monday of each month at 7:00am PST, we will share a simple self-care activity we can focus on mastering for the month. We're building healthy habits one day at a time, giving ourselves the grace to take care of ourselves and putting our own health and well-being higher on our list of caregiving priorities.


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