I think a common misconception people have about exercising is that it always has to involve high-intensity aerobic activity, tons of weight training or a crazy amount of cardio. These things are super important, but sometimes low-intensity workouts like walking can be so beneficial as well. When you’re walking you’re moving your body and getting your heart rate up, which is a lot better than sitting on the couch!
Taking a walk is a great low-intensity workout for days when your muscles are sore or you’re in between high-intensity workouts and you just want to relax. I think Sundays are the best days for walking because they’re so quiet and calm and there aren’t as many people out and about.
Not only is walking great for a low-intensity workout, but it also gives you time to just be yourself and think while surrounded by nature. I really do think walking in a park or by water is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
Living in Toronto, I’m fortunate enough to have access to lots of big, beautiful parks like the Humber River and High Park, as well as the Lakeshore, which is where I went today. I don’t even feel like I’m in a big city when I’m by the water because it has such a soothing, calming effect.
Being in nature is so beneficial for everyone and it can really uplift your mood and renew the senses. Next time you’re feeling down or worried about something, go take a walk in your local park or nature reserve. You’ll feel refreshed, invigorated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way!