5 Reasons to Make Time for Walking



What if you were told there⁠'s one thing you can do that will benefit your entire being—mind, body and soul? From mental health to physical health, sleep and so much more, this one thing has proven to be beneficial. Not only that, but it's also free, easy to do and safe. Pretty exciting, right? Well, what is it? It's walking! Integrative medicine expert and Vionic Innovation Lab member Dr. Andrew Weil expounds on the merits of walking and why you should make time for it in your daily life.


Dr. Andrew Weil on the Importance of Walking
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  1. Boost your brain health. As we get older, we're often reminded of the need to keep our physical health top-of-mind. But our brain health requires just as much upkeep. A recent study from the University of Kansas reveals that even small doses of exercise can help improve our brain health and thinking skills. Dr. Weil suggests that seniors walk at a brisk pace for 45 minutes a day to reap the cognitive benefits and keep the mind sharp as you age.


  2. Melt away stress. Physical exercise has long been known to be a reliable stress-reliever. Dr. Weil cites a 2015 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science of Sports revealing that a 30-minute walk over lunchtime can boost your mood, offering a quick fix for stress. To kick it up a notch, try breath-walking, a form of active meditation developed by Dr. Jim Nicolai, Dr. Weil's colleague, that combines walking and meditation to further stave off anxiety by keeping you mindful in the moment. Learn more about this practice and get video instruction from Dr. Nicolai.


  3. Lower your blood pressure. While high blood pressure and hypertension have a largely hereditary component, a 2012 study in Hypertension showed that, regardless of family history of high blood pressure, one can lower the risk of developing hypertension by staying in shape. Dr. Weil recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day as one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure.


  4. Sleep more soundly. We all know how important sleep is to our overall health. It's when your body repairs itself from the stresses of the day. A 2013 study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than 75 percent of the study participants who said they exercised regularly reported that their sleep quality was very good or fairly good. However, if the only time of day you have available for exercising is in the evening and you find that it interferes with your sleep, do not worry! Read these tips from Dr. Weil and Dr. Dan Bornstein of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science at The Citadel for how you can wind down after an evening workout to help you fall asleep more easily.


  5. Improve your fitness. If improving your fitness is your end game, walking is a great option for that, too. While it may take longer to see results than running or a more intense workout, it can still improve your cardiovascular health. Dr. Weil advises, "The main problem with walking as a principal aerobic activity is that you can easily fail to do it strenuously enough to get the conditioning benefits of exercise. You should be able to walk about three miles in 45 minutes."




Now that you know why walking is so great, make sure you have the right shoes. Vionic walking shoes with arch support provide the perfect level of support to keep you moving in comfort.





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  • Massage the soles of your feet by running the arch of your foot over a golf ball or other physical therapy ball on the floor to stretch out the fascia (i.e., the ligament that runs from the heel of your foot to your toes and can become inflamed, causing plantar fasciitis).
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Address these common post-workout foot issues:
  • Blisters: Pad, bandage and avoid the blister until it heals. If you must, clean a safety pin with alcohol and make a small hole to drain it, being careful not to pull off skin. Then, apply an antibiotic ointment to the area and bandage it.
  • Calluses: Lightly buff the affected area with a foot file and then cover with a foot cream that contains salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea.
  • Athlete's foot: Dry the feet very well after showering, and use medicated foot powder and topical anti-fungal ointments as directed.
  • Heel Pain: Ice feet after working out and wear shoes with arch support even around the house. Don't go barefoot, as hard surfaces like wood or tile will exacerbate the pain.
 
Looking for a pair of post-recovery sandals? Our favorite Vionic Tide flip-flop is a favorite for a reason: The pronounced arch support and deep heel cup provide just the right amount of support and is proven to help alleviate heel pain.* And with over 20 colors and patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect pair.
 


About Vionic Footwear
Developed by Phillip Vasyli, renowned Australian podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel® Technology, all Vionic shoes help restore natural foot function and relieve heel pain, promoting a more active lifestyle. Vionic’s footwear and orthotic inserts are also endorsed by noted integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. For additional information about Vionic, please visit VionicShoes.com.
 
*Based on a peer-reviewed clinical study partially funded by Vionic on people experiencing moderate, non-traumatic heel pain. 

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