12 Health Benefits From Taking a Stroll Outside

walking outside 12 health benefits from taking a stroll outside

There is something vitally missing when we are cooped up in our offices or home offices all day. We NEED the fresh air and sunshine. It’s in our genetic makeup.

We were designed to thrive outside. We’ve created such comfortable environments to live and work in, that many of us seem to have forgotten where our natural habitat is.

I’m not asking you to give up anything drastic! Just incorporate a simple primal function in your daily routine: walk outside.

Here are some great benefits for walking outside:

πŸŒ€ improves memory

πŸ‘£  reduces stress

πŸŒ€ gives you a chance to think

πŸ‘£  boosts immunity

πŸŒ€  improves cognitive function

πŸ‘£  uneven surfaces improve balance & reduce falls

πŸŒ€  can be used for meditation

πŸ‘£  boosts creativity

πŸŒ€  lowers blood pressure, triglyceride levels & improves blood glucose control after meals

πŸ‘£  strengthens core and glutes when actively engaged

πŸŒ€  improves mood

πŸ‘£  allows you to feel present and a part of nature


As women age and our hormones change, we lose muscle strength and bone mass. We tend to gain more belly fat and our arteries become stiffer, increasing our risk for hypertension. However, exercise becomes MORE effective at improving body composition AFTER menopause than before.

Can you think of some ways to incorporate a walk outside?

  • Grab your furry best friend and go for a stroll first thing in the morning and enjoy the peace and quiet, along with the fresh air, as you watch the sun come up.⁣
  • Take a walk on your lunch break and explore your surroundings – you might find a new shop, or cafΓ©, maybe a hidden little park. Have a friend or co-worker join you and have some human social interaction as well.
  • Have your spouse, partner, kids or neighbor join you for an evening after dinner walk with the dog. Let your dinner settle, the fresh air and the sunset will signal that bedtime is approaching, and you will be refreshed and relaxed when you arrive back home.⁣

Let’s not waste any more time and get started today! Set a goal of 30 minutes each and every day (sunshine or rain) to walk outside. See if it makes a difference for you!

➀ Do YOU make it a habit to walk outside each day? Do you notice a difference in your overall well-being when you miss a day? Where is your favorite place to walk? Share your experiences in the comments below ⇣⇣

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