The many benefits of walking


Cam Muniz

Walking can burn calories, clear your head, and help you stay in touch with nature

OWEN HARDY, Staff Writer

As we spend more time in quarantine, many of us find ourselves getting antsy. We can’t go to school, we can’t play sports, we can’t even see our friends. We are trapped inside our homes with our families.

Now that sports have been postponed, many of us are looking for some way of filling our need for physical activity. As the seasons change and the weather gets warmer, you are more likely to see people out walking. Here’s why you should consider joining. 

Walking has numerous physical health benefits. First and foremost, it is a simple exercise that burns calories, helps you to lose weight, and increases leg strength. Walking can also strengthen your heart, help to lower your blood pressure, ease joint pain, and boost your immune function. 

Slightly lesser known, yet equally as important, are the mental and emotional benefits of walking. By getting your body up and moving, you increase oxygen flow and raise the levels of various hormones that help to elevate energy levels. Walking also improves your mood and aids in clearing your head, causing more creative thinking. 

Walking is also a great way to stay in touch with nature. It is easy to get the full outdoor experience during a walk. You can hear the birds chirping, smell the flowers blooming, and feel the sun on your skin.

Gloucester has some amazing walking spots. If you want to walk in the woods you could go to Ravenswood, Dogtown, or the Goose Cove Reservation Park. If you want to see the ocean you could walk on the Backshore, the Breakwater, or one of our great beaches. 

Now, more than ever, is a great time to start walking. Go out by yourself or with your family and remember to keep at least six feet apart. It will feel great to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air once again. 

When you return you will have more energy, be in a better mood and feel normal during these very abnormal times.