If you’re looking to start a new exercise routine, start small by taking daily walks. And by doing so first thing in the morning, you can really maximize the health benefits of what feels like a simple activity.
Studies have shown that accomplishing this task before breakfast and your morning coffee can work wonders both physically and mentally. With the warm-weather months here, perhaps you can you, your relatives, friends, or all into a new healthy routine.
Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has four reasons to get out and get moving as soon as you’re up and about.
- Walking Can Curb Depression
A Harvard University study found that walking one hour per day can cut depression symptoms by around 25%. You don’t have to do this all at once—breaking it down into 10- or 15-minute chunks is fine, but the first one should be done shortly after you wake up.
- Boosts Brain Power
Several studies found that walks clear your head and allow you to think better throughout the day. One bit of research found that walking in general improved creative thoughts and ideas among survey participants, and another found that a 30-minute walk in the morning helps older adults with cognitive skills.
- Energy Boost & Appetite Suppressant
A 10-minute walk was found by one study to provide the same energy boost as the caffeine in a cup of coffee can bring. In addition, another study found that a 45-minute walk in the morning curbed the appetite of participants to the point where they were able to better resist eating unhealthy foods they craved.
- Focus on Time, Not Distance
The effort given is more important than how far you walk, especially since walking can be more difficult for some seniors. If you’re just starting out, aim for 30 minutes that is broken up into three 10-minute segments. If that works well, bump it up to 45 minutes and even an hour if you feel you can do it. As always, check with a physician before starting any exercise regimen.
To learn more about Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit http://boro-park-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org.