March 30, 2017 3 min read

Happy National Walk in the Park Day, fellow wanderers! Are you celebrating with a brisk walk in your favorite park today? Whether you’re marching up the cliffs of Mesa Verde, sauntering along the sidewalks of Central Park, or even just taking a simple stroll around the block, walking is a great way to make each and every day a little bit brighter. So let’s strap on our walking sneakers and get moving!

Still need convincing? Here’s 5 reasons why you should incorporate short outdoor walks into your daily routine.

It makes you healthier.

First things first, walking can be super beneficial to your health! According to the Mayo Clinic, taking a walk everyday can help trim your waistline, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance, and even prevent certain conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. And the longer, faster, and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits! So whether your current exercise routine needs a boost or you just can’t seem to get up off the couch, why not get outside and walk your way to a healthier you?

It improves your mood.

When our feet get moving and our blood gets pumping, so do the endorphins in our body. These feel-good chemicals give our bodies a natural high and make us feel like we’re on top of the world. So if you’re feeling blue, bummed, or just plain ol’ down in the dumps, try taking a brisk walk to lift your spirits. It may be just what the doctor ordered!

It gives you a chance to think.

And just in case the endorphins aren’t enough to get you out of your funk, walking also gives you the opportunity to clear your head and calm your mind. The busyness of life can really take its toll on us, so it’s important to find constructive and healthy ways to unwind. What better way to reflect on your day – the good, the bad and the ugly – than with a walk outside?

Strap on your favorite walking sneakers and let's get moving! Here's 5 reasons why you should take a walk everyday.

It helps you appreciate nature.

If you're working that 9-5 office job, chances are you may start to feel a little stir crazy by the end of your shift. But worry not - this is nothing that a little bit of fresh air can't cure! By taking a walk outside, you give yourself an opportunity to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Stop and admire the green glass and blooming flowers along the bath. Enjoy the cool spring breeze against your skin. Listen to the birds chirping the frogs croaking. Take a moment to pay attention to nature's little wonders that you take for granted everyday, and walk away with a little more appreciation for the world around you.

It’s a good excuse to wear your favorite walking sneakers.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t relish the opportunity to wear a pair of fun and fashionable sneakers? If you’ve got a great pair of walking sneakers, it makes sense to put them to good use on your daily walks. And if you’re in the market for comfortable walking shoes for women, be sure to check out OTBT’s selection of walking sneakers in our new Travel Lite collection.

So what do you say? Will you strap on your walking sneakers and join us for a brisk stroll on National Walk in the Park Day? We hope to see you on the trail!

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