Why Walking for Just 10 Minutes Each Day Can Boost Body and Mind

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If you work a full-time week, you may be stressing over the limited time you have to make exercize a focus. Between work, cooking, household chores, socializing, and sleep, it’s easy to let physical activity slide to the bottom of the to-do pile. Whilst each of us should be aiming to get physically active for as long as possible each week, the good news is that recent studies have indicated that just 10 minutes of walking each day can have a big impact on your body and mind. If you need motivation to step outside, check out these key reasons why even just a short walk has a huge impact.

Improve Circulation

Walking is one of the best ways to get the heart beating that bit faster, thereby improving blood flow and circulation. A 10 minute stroll (or, to up the ante, a brisk-paced walk) may not be the most cardio-intensive workout, but it will help keep everything in check and see you stay healthy until the spring and summer allow for more time spent outdoors.

Re-energize

If you’re working in a desk-bound job, the chances are that by midday you’re starting to flag and feel a little lethargic. Stepping outside, even for ten minutes, can help reset your mind and body and provide you with more energy for the rest of the working day. It will also stop your muscles cramping as you won’t be staying in one seated position for hours on end.

Mindful Moment

As you step out on your walk, make an effort to take in your surroundings and notice the things around you. This will help take your mind off work (which will probably reduce stress levels) and give you a moment to yourself in the middle of a busy day. Taking mindful moments can improve overall contentment and improve relaxation, as we stop and consider the world outside.

Ten minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it can add up to have a huge difference on your overall mental, physical, and emotional health.