Walking in Fall

Why Walking In the Fall Season Can Make You Feel Healthier & Happier

Lets talk about Fall since it is here. The number one thing that most people stop doing when this time of year comes round – getting outdoors.

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While summer may strike you as the best time to be outside as much as possible – Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air (in fact, it comes with a whole lot of health benefits too!)…

Bright blue and sunny skies, freshly fallen leaves, trees painted in bright colors and the hills around Asheville covered in amazing colors – how could you not be drawn into spending more time outside making the most of the amazing scenery?

While most of us put our walking boots to the back of the closet the minute that summer starts to fade, what if I told you that taking a gentle stroll in the Fall has a great impact on your health, and can even lift your mood and fend the ‘winter blues’ despite the darker evenings drawing in?

Just Take a Look at Some of These Fall Walking Points:

  • Gorgeous views with colorful Fall scenery
  • Breath-taking mountain views
  • Seasonal wildlife
  • Less crowded walking routes
  • Stunning foggy mornings and bright colorful sunsets
  • Kicking up the leaves
  • And hot chocolate after a day’s exploring

More tempted now?

There are many reasons why I’m so fond of walking, but two easy one’s are that you don’t have to move at a fast pace like running, and it’s very unlikely to cause any injuries that put you out from doing what you love.

Everyone can walk!

You don’t need any equipment (like with most sports/activities) and it’s the foundation for good healthy habits.

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With that being said, lets take a look at some of the ways walking enhances our life…

It Blows Your Stress Away

What do I do when I need to get away from a stressful day? I go for a walk! Preferably surrounded by nature and it is even better with my dog.

For some it’s a walk around a lake or downtown. For others, it might be the woods or even a park.

Going for a walk anywhere in a natural setting is going to help reduce your stress levels.

Lowers Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s

Believe it or not, walking is actually good for your mind and overall mental health.

According to a study, people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who walked more than a quarter of a mile a day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

It Tones You Up!

It might seem pretty obvious that exercise can help you build, and tone your muscles, but this especially holds true when it comes to walking.

Walking helps tone up legs, butts and bellies– just be sure to be aware of your posture that you’re not slouching over, and your head is held up high.

Keep Moving No Matter What Age!

Walking (no matter what age you are) can help you stay mobile and independent even in your 70’s and beyond!

It keeps your joints moving so they don’t seize up, and your body strong – reducing the likelihood that you’ll be affected later on in life with something like knee and hip pain.

Burns Calories!

Way more than you think!  Brisk walking raises your heart rate, helps you get fitter, and keeps you from feeling tired less quickly.

If you walk briskly for just 30 minutes, you can burn up to 150 calories – which is equal to the number you’d burn playing doubles tennis for the same length of time. And it’s more than half the number of calories in the average chocolate bar!

Although the exact number you burn depends on your body weight, age and fitness, there’s no denying that walking more is a good thing.

There you have it, 5 reasons why you should keep active this Fall and explore more of our amazing area with walking.

Keep active all year round, by the time the warmer months come round, you can keep active for longer without risking any injuries, or slight twinges dampening your day.

P.S. For more tips on Healthy Habits, check out our blog!
P.P.S. If you have any trouble with implementing the above information, give us a call, we can help!

Chris Taylor is the Founding Physical Therapist at PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness Asheville. He has been voted Best Physical Therapist in Western North Carolina every year by the Mountain XPress Reader Poll. His experience includes being a patient himself which deepens his understanding of each aspect of the rehab process. He has lived and worked in 11 states which contributes to the treatment style he has developed which breaks the mold. Become a better You today! #KeepAshevilleActive