New WhatsApp messages? Check. New emails? Check. Meetings to attend? Check. New Facebook messages? Check. New episode of Game of Thrones? Check. Before you know it, the day is over and you’ve been stuck in the virtual world the entire day!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been sucked into this unhealthy lifestyle from time to time. I would dip into periods where I was tapping away at my laptop and mobile phone from dawn till dusk. And it had its effects. I wasn’t feeling as strong nor as energetic as I should have. Eventually I had to do something about it.
What was one of my solutions? It was simple - go for a walk. Sounds simple enough, right? Going for a short stroll around the block each and every day can be incredibly beneficial to your health. Here’s what I discovered.
1. It gets you moving
What’s the best way to get someone who hasn’t been moving… moving? Start small. Ask them to commit to walking for just 10 minutes and only 10 minutes each day. Walking for 10 minutes sounds easy enough, however that 10 minutes could easily blossom into 15 to 20+ minutes. Walks don’t necessarily have to be one-hour affairs. They can be however long you want them to be. But once you’re outside, you may not want to stop.
2. It gets you outside and into the fresh air
Okay, so the freshness of the air will heavily depend on where you go. However, there’s a good chance that it’ll be better than the air-conditioned environment of your own house or high-rise office. Check out these 9 best best places to run in Kuala Lumpur to find some good locations then breathe that fresh air in. You won’t be disappointed.
3. It gets you your Vitamin D
For such a sunny country, Malaysians are increasingly deficient in Vitamin D. This is a concern as Vitamin D has many benefits and research has found that it is linked to flu prevention. The sun is currently rising at 7:09 AM and setting at 7:30pm, so there should be ample time to get outside and get some sunlight before or after work.
4. It gives you the opportunity to see the sun rise and set
There’s something special about sunrises and sunsets. They entertain us. They captivate us. They get us thinking and snap us back into the present. They signal the start and the end of the day, and are a constant reminder that all things, no matter how beautiful, are fleeting. It’s easy to forget about this cycle of life and death if we’re stuck inside all day long.
5. It clears your mind
What did Steve Jobs, Beethoven and Charles Dickens all have in common? They went for walks. It may seem trivial, but clearing your mind helps you to destress and become more creative. It’s in this “space” that we can find solitude and our subconscious minds can get to work to come up with new ideas.