Walking in the Morning

In a world consumed by social competition, it can be easy to lose sight of who you truly are. When it comes to factors such as body image, people of all ages struggle in finding a way to achieve their physical health goals. As for the mental side of health, people often harm their minds due to high stress levels. College students in particular face such social and academic pressure that it becomes easy to fall into a poor mental state. In addition, with such a high demand for working and going to school, a majority of the population spends a great deal of time indoors. Therefore, many students and working adults don’t make it outside during the day to enjoy nature and “get some fresh air.” Although these issues seem expansive, they can all be reduced through the action of walking in the morning. This simple task has become an effective means of managing both my mental and physical health, along with giving me greater reason to spend time in nature.

            In the process of coming to this line of inquiry, I spent most of my time trying to categorize the benefits of a morning walk into groups. The research process consisted of collecting several bullets of information that I analyzed and sorted into the groups of physical health, mental health, and nature’s impact. For physical, obtaining facts was the easiest, probably due to the clear link between exercise and positive health. I was timid on how far to go in glorifying walking as a form of fitness because I did alternative research on the best workouts. An online resource detailed things such as interval training, boot camps, running, and boxing (https://www.self.com/story/10-insanely-effective-workouts-for-weight-loss). The lack of walking as one of the best means of reaching optimal physical health was an important reminder to explain how its benefits are more long term. With this in mind, I used another online resource that notes walking can provide several health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels (https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-walking). To provide more solid proof than the bullet points of information, I added a statistic that expresses a positive impact of walking on reducing the risk of heart disease (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3098122/). While working on this section, I realized there is a possibility to add a medical health category that I will have to assess.

            A great deal of the research I found dealt with the mental benefits of walking, so I think this would also make a strong category. A psychology website explains its impact on reducing anxiety and depression, which calls out to the audience of college students specifically (https://www.psychpoint.com/mental-health/articles/mental-health-benefits-of-walking/). I also added a point about walking allowing individuals to clear their mind to open it to imagination. This felt like a strong piece of information because people often look at mental health as in what is wrong, rather than what can be right. Here, I also quoted a specific psychologist because it expressed walking’s ability to improve self esteem, which is an extremely desired feeling across all ages (https://exploringyourmind.com/the-benefits-of-power-walking-for-mental-health/).

            Much of the research I was doing talked about how walking outside was part of the benefit of walking, so I think it would also make an essential category. This section is where I emphasized the impact of the morning, along with being in nature in that it gives an individual lasting positive effects the rest of the day (https://www.developgoodhabits.com/morning-walk-benefits/). I included an example in the form of study from the University of Michigan showing how short term memory can improve by twenty percent by outdoor walking (https://blog.mypacer.com/2018/12/06/amazing-health-benefits-of-spending-time-walking-outdoors/). This section incorporates both mental and physical health benefits but the central focus is nature’s impact from a morning walk.

            After completing the research on the effects of a morning walk, I would confirm my personal opinion on their positive impact. Based on the information gathered, I think that a website is the most logical way to organize it. In specifics, I imagine the site pages as the three categories of physical health, mental health, and nature’s impact. With this, each will include concise bullet points to convey my opinion through readable research. I also want to include my own experience with morning walks, rather than have a solely informative website, but I would prefer to make it more interactive. Although it is not necessarily a fitness website, if the feature was an open blog post it would allow individuals to express their experiences walking in the morning. For example, if someone went for a walk and it cleared their mind as a result, writing about it could motivate a stressed person to try this action. Overall, I believe morning walks provide numerous benefits I plan to organize in the form of a wix.

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