Now that cooler fall weather is finally here, being active outdoors is more enjoyable. October is a great time to get outdoors and go for a walk. That is the spirit of Walktober, an initiative adopted by health organizations, companies and communities around the globe.
Walking is a great way to be active to help you control your weight, increase your fitness and improve your health. The most common form of exercise for most people is walking, and for good reason: walking doesn’t require any special equipment (beyond comfortable shoes) or skills, and you can do it almost anywhere.
You can meet basic physical activity recommendations by walking briskly for 30 minutes most days of the week. Even this amount of walking can lead to a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers as well as improved mental health, cognitive function and greater feelings of wellbeing.