Just For Today: Go For A Walk After Dinner

When was the last time you went for a walk? It will come as no surprise to you that walking can help with (among other things) weight loss.

But did you know there was a recent Harvard study that showed that a brisk, one-hour walk daily reduced by half any genetic predisposition to obesity? That means even if your parents gave you the genes that make it more likely you’ll be overweight, you can greatly reduce that risk by going for regular walks.

But even if you’re not predisposed to obesity, and even if you don’t want to commit to a one-hour fast-paced walk every night of the week, that’s okay.

You can reap plenty of benefits from just one walk. Going for a walk can help clear your mind, cause your body to release endorphins (the feel-good hormones), and lower your stress and anxiety – just from one walk!

So my Just For Today challenge for you is to go for a walk after dinner. Get your kids or spouse to go with you too – it’s a great way to reconnect and catch up on the day’s events.

You might even start a new habit, which leads to even more health benefits like reducing your risk for heart disease and cancer, lowering your cholesterol, increasing cardiovascular health, and weight loss.

Have fun, enjoy the spring weather before it gets too hot, andΒ  take in the sights and sounds of your neighborhood – you’ll be healthier for it!

 

Posted on May 20, 2012, in Just For Today and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. So true, I always feel good after a walk. I heard it over and over again that walking is good for us and still I don't want to take the time to do it! Thanks for the encouragment!

  2. I walk every night. It IS very much a stress release for me. And, -a great way to end the day.

  3. I LOVE going for walks – get to listen to the birds, see the changes of the seasons and also enjoy the movement.
    GREAT post Nisha!

    • Thanks Dale Anne. It's amazing how much you see around you when you're walking that you don't even notice when you drive those same streets. πŸ™‚

  4. jamiegall1930

    I need to go on more walks and just appreciate the beauty that is around me… but I seem to have this fear of walking along in this big vast city I reside in πŸ˜‰

    • City walking is great – there's so much to see! Maybe you can recruit a walking buddy, and the two of you can see the city together. πŸ™‚

  5. One of the few things I don't like about being a single mom is that I can't go for a walk at dawn. I love the peacefulness and quiet of the morning. But, I do love walking with my kids. We walk after school many days (when it's nice out ~ I can't stand to be cold), and I've made it a goal to walk every day this summer with them. We are all very active so the obesity thing doesn't really factor in for us, but I do feel healthy and happy during and after our walks. Great article Nisha!

    • And I bet the kids love it too! That's a great goal for the summer. I hope it doesn't get too hot to do that in St. Louis. Here in Kansas City, even if you walk late at night or early in the morning, the humidity can almost knock you over in the summer – boo!

  6. Go on walks after dinner starting today and you won't only get a breath of fresh air or enjoy the beauty around you but also take a step closer to being a fit and healthy you. If you need to lose a few extra pounds, consider brisk walking and jogging too.

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