A cool breeze, the warm sunshine, is there anything better than taking a walk in your Shokz? While breaking a sweat often gets more praise, walking is an underrated form of exercise that can have lasting benefits. Check out some of the ways a daily walk impacts your overall wellness.
1. Healthy Heart
When you get down to the heart of the matter, keeping your cardiovascular health in check is so important. As we age, factors like stress, diet, your environment, and daily activities play a big part in keeping your heartbeat strong. The CDC has listed heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans, meaning it’s best to be proactive in taking care of this vital organ. According to a report from Harvard, walking for 2.5 hours a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%. That’s only 21 minutes a day, and the perfect time to take a call on your OpenComm headset.
2. Immune System Boost
Even a short walk can go a long way in boosting your body’s immune response. Especially in light of the current pandemic, we are all doing our best to support our body's natural defences. Just a brisk 20-30 minute walk has been shown to activate key immune cells. Walking, along with other consistent weight-bearing exercises, activates your lymphatic system which is in charge of ridding your body of toxins. It’s also the perfect time to catch up on your podcast of choice with your OpenMove headphones.
3. Better Sleep
Restlessness and insomnia have been common responses to the stress the pandemic has brought on for everyone. While a walk gets your heart pumping, boosting mental activity, it has also been shown to lead to better sleep. In one study, participants reported better sleep on days where they logged more steps. This shows that even if you can’t find time to make it to the gym, a walk around the neighbourhood listening to your favourite tunes on your Aeropex headphones can still be beneficial.
4. Connect with your Community
Do your neighbours love to garden? Are there any chicken coops close by? The best way to find out is to take a stroll around the neighbourhood. As an added bonus, one study found that when people walk around their neighbourhoods, the crime rate drops. Walking is a great way to tune into your surroundings, meet those in your community, and stay grounded in your environment. The open-ear design of AfterShokz makes it easy to stay connected and safe.
While walking may be viewed as a more leisurely activity, it truly is an accessible way to sustainably boost your overall well-being. We encourage you to take it one step at a time.
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