11 Jul The Best Time to go for a Walk
We often find ourselves being a victim of procrastination and sedentary lifestyle. In such cases, going for timely and regular walks can be the best recourse. Be it a leisurely stroll post meals or a brisk walk to pump the adrenaline, this is one of the most convenient and hassle-free ways of staying active and fit. 10000 steps a day, amounting to 45-60 minutes in a day on the daily can make up for a good workout, which will also promote digestion, blood circulation, energy levels and quality of sleep.
Walking not only helps with weight-loss, but also increases our stamina. It is statistically proven, that people who took regular walks were more active, sharp and able to sustain the day without a dip in their energy levels, as compared to people who skipped the activity altogether.
Having said that, the timing one chooses for the walks can make or break our health. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
- High pollution levels at night:
The pollution levels in the air are higher post-sundown and before sunrise. While many health enthusiasts prefer running very early in the morning, it is scientifically proven that the air during those hours are the most dangerous than at any other given time. The lack of wind and air pressure causes the pollutants to be closer to the ground, which makes it dangerous for our health. If pursued in the long run, this can cause many breathing problems and lung disorders.
- Excessive heat in the afternoon:
While a stroll after meals is highly recommended, brisk walking around the hours can cause more harm than gain. 10am to 4pm should be avoided for any outdoor exertion as the heat during these hours is too strong to bear. This can not only lead to rapid fatigue and heat-strokes, but also cause disorders of skin, excessive sweating and a feeling of dizziness for some. Outdoor exertion should be avoided to prevent extreme repercussions as the temperatures are usually very high around these periods, which could prove to be fatal for one’s health.
- Safety reasons and additional stressors:
Apart from the obvious safety concerns of walking at night-time, one must also keep in mind the extensive traffic that could make one prone to accidents. Walking or running in dim-lit areas can not only prove to be dangerous, but also lead to breathing issues and weakening of eyesight. Evening walks could also disrupt dinnertime, further creating an imbalance in the sleep schedule.
Instead, you can opt for morning and supper hours for an outdoor stroll, here’s why:
- Blood sugar levels in the morning:
Blood sugar levels are at their lowest in the morning, which makes it an appropriate time for exercise and in this case, walking. Kick starting your day with a brisk walk can not only regulate your body-cycle for the day, but also facilitate an early to rise, early to bed mindset. 7am to 10am are the most ideal hours for an intense walk to pump adrenaline and boost energy levels for the day forward.
- Least perceived exertion around supper:
Apart from morning hours, 4pm to sunset are ideal hours for an outdoor walk. Our body has less perceived exertion, meaning we can exert more and feel less. This makes it the perfect hour for a quick run or a brisk walk. Muscles are warm and flexible, which makes the risks of injuries lower. This well also help in giving an extra push of energy in the middle of the day when the energy levels dip, keeping lethargy at bay.
Pursuing any form of exercise or activity is something one must be motivated to include, but there are many supporting factors that need to be taken into account as well. Mindful thinking, focus on consistency and inclusion of these points will bring about a positive change in one’s lifestyle. Remember, awareness is healthy and health, be it of the mind body or soul, is everything. Namaskar!