A morning walk is a form of exercise wherein the individual takes a brisk walk for a fixed period or a fixed stretch of distance every morning before their work/ study day starts. It must be more than just a casual stroll to be counted as an exercise form of morning walk.
Weight maintenance is the first benefit that arises of even the most regular form of morning walks where the exercise level may not be high. An intense morning walk, on the other hand can actively help in losing weight for the person as it helps burn calories which in turn tip the calories consumed vis-a-vis calories spent ratio.
Multiple studies have found that it is the workout of the body through a walk that helps brain function more than just a workout of the mind by cognitive activities. A morning walk is thus likely to help enhance and retain the brain functions leading to more productivity overall.
Apart from the weight maintenance and weight loss, a morning walk is also likely to help tone the muscles, giving a slimmer and fitter look. Just weight loss may result in loose fat around the muscles, but a morning walk ensures that this is not the case.
Pain killing endorphins are released into the body during a morning walk. This helps fight gloominess and depression as the body and mind feel alive and rejuvenated.
Insomnia is a major problem being faced by many these days. Morning walks allow the mind to be calm by the end of the day. This leads to a peaceful sleep.
Another major advantage of going for morning walks is that it helps the lungs improve and maintain their functionality. A morning walk allows fresh oxygen into the body which exercises and cleanses the lungs which improves their capacity.
Morning walks allow for blood to more healthily flow through the body. This helps unobstructed blood flow to and from the heart thus making the heart healthier. A healthy heart and pulse rate are thus a natural fall out from regular morning walks.
Inactivity for the body can lead to arthritis as the joints are not exercised enough. A healthy morning walk can prevent this by keeping the body active and the joints being used continuously.
As diabetes is a lifestyle related disease for the most part, morning walks help reduce the risk of the same or even help patients maintain their insulin levels. A well exercised body maintains the insulin levels in the body thus preventing a sugar level related mishap.
As we can see, a morning walk helps not just the body but the mind and the heart as well in staying fit and healthy. It is an exercise everyone should be a part of.
By Ritvik (2019) – edited.