Squeezing a 20 minute workout into your day might seem impossible, but it’s easier than you think. A lunchtime walk can not only provide more physical benefits than the same amount of time spent on a treadmill at the gym, it can also give you a much needed break in a world filled with distractions and emergencies. Why not keep a pair of sneakers and insoles in your office space as an easy reminder? Walking is fantastic exercise which gets you from here to there, making it the perfect workout for busy people.
Walking Can Improve Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Walking for 20 minutes three to five times per week can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Not only that, developing a regular walking routine improves your body’s ability to use oxygen, raises your energy levels, and helps clear the clutter of the day from your mind. Regular exercise like walking also helps you fall sleep sooner, stay asleep longer, and improves the quality of the sleep you get each night. With insomnia on the rise in our busy world, a good night’s sleep might seem beyond our reach, but it’s actually within convenient walking distance.
Beat Stress by Walking Away
When stress threatens to overwhelm, one of the best ways to beat it is to get up and go for a walk. Not only does a walk burn calories, it can burn off steam. A change of scenery, a little fresh air, and the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts can often alleviate stress and have you feeling recharged and ready to take action once you’re back at your desk. Experts agree that many of us live our lives under dangerously high levels of stress, and that escaping our busy schedules for even a few minutes each day can do wonders for our ability to cope with the constant demands of our modern world. A 20 minute walk is often the best--and sometimes only--chance we have to do just that.
Walking is the Greenest Form of Transportation
When you grab that old pair of sneakers instead of your car keys, you’re not only improving your health, you’re helping the environment. With more than 200 million vehicles on the road in the United States, consuming more than 100 billion gallons of gasoline each year, cars produce an estimated 75 percent of the carbon monoxide pollution in our atmosphere. They’re also responsible for a third of all smog-producing emissions. If you leave the car at home the next time you buy that loaf of bread at the corner store, we all get to breathe a little easier.
Don't Forget the New Sneakers and Insoles
Before you begin any exercise program, always speak to your doctor to make sure it's right for you. Also, a new pair of sneakers, and for some a new pair of arch supports
, can improve efficiency of your workouts and possibly prevent injury
Dr. Thomas Lembo
Hello! I'm the creator of "Samurai Insoles", and work to rid the world of foot pain everyday.