The easiest way to get healthier
June 30, 2023

The easiest way to get healthier

Walking for well-being & hormone health.

Now walk it out

No shame: we love a #HotGirlWalk. If you do too, you’re in good company. It’s time to lace up your shoes and join us as we dish out the underrated benefits of walking. From blood sugar balance to hormone health, unlock a world of possibilities by clocking a few extra daily steps.

How walking impacts your physical and mental well-being

This goes without saying, but walking isn't just beneficial for your physical health—it also works wonders for your mental state. IYKYK. A brisk walk can boost circulation, increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your brain, resulting in improved cognitive function and mental clarity. Walking, especially amidst nature, can enhance your mood, reduce symptoms of depression, and provide a much-needed escape from daily stressors.

Walking and blood sugar balance: a strong connection

Did you know that walking can have a significant impact on maintaining healthy blood sugar levels? When you take a stroll, your muscles utilize glucose for energy, which helps regulate blood sugar. In fact, research shows that even a two-minute walk can help lower post-meal glucose levels. Ultimately, walking is a simple and natural way to support your metabolic health. In turn, this helps with everything from hormone balance and weight management to energy and sleep.

All about hormone harmony

Along with blood sugar stability, walking is also a game-changer for hormone health. This type of low-impact exercise helps with everything from improving detox pathways (great for estrogen dominance) to regulating cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones). Unlike loud HIIT and spin classes—which can actually do more harm than good—walking is a peaceful way to improve your hormone health and reap the benefits of functional fitness.

How can you incorporate more walking into your daily life?

  • Take a 20-minute walk during your lunch break or after dinner to boost digestion and energy levels.
  • Park your car a little farther away to add extra steps to your day.
  • Consider walking meetings or catching up with friends by going on a stroll together.
  • Use a pedometer or a fitness tracker to set step goals and track your progress.

Food Hacks with the Glucose Goddess

Looking for something to listen to while you take a stroll? We love this episode of Hormone Happy Hour with the Glucose Goddess who talks about blood sugar hacks, skin health, and more!

Can’t go out for a walk? Do this:

  1. Whether an afternoon thunderstorm is killing your walk vibe, it’s oppressively humid outside, or you can’t leave your napping toddler, these are a few creative ways to get your steps in:
  2. Dance party: Turn up the music and have a dance party in your living room! Clear some space, let loose, and groove to your favorite tunes for 5-10 minutes. Dancing gets your heart pumping and engages your entire body, helping rack up steps while moving stagnant energy.
  3. Stair climbing: If you have access to a staircase, put it to good use! Stair climbing is a fantastic way to get your steps in and engage your leg muscles. Walk for 30 seconds, rest for 60, and repeat 3x.
  4. Indoor circuit training: If you have the energy, create your own mini circuit training routine at home. Incorporate exercises like jumping jacks, high knees, lunges, and burpees to get your heart rate up and your steps in. Set up stations in different areas of your home, aiming for a specific number of repetitions or time at each station.
  5. Household Chores: Who said chores can't be beneficial for your fitness? Strap on a set of ankle weights and start vacuuming, swiffering, etc. Not only will your home be clean, but you'll also tone your muscles in the process.
  6. Deskercise: For those of us with sedentary jobs, it's essential to find ways to keep moving throughout the day. Pick what suits you best: a desk treadmill or breaking every 1-2 hours to do a few sets of lunges, calf raises, and squats.

Remember, every step counts—no matter how you get them in!

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