What Might Happen If You Walk 30 Minutes a Day

Be honest: You easily spend 30 minutes a day on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. It’s OK, we all do it, all the time. Well, put down your phone and use that time to take a walk around the neighborhood. There are eight amazing things that might happen if you do.

You’ll Burn About 150 Calories
Depending on your weight and the speed you’re walking, you’re likely to burn about 150 calories whenever you take a half-hour stroll. So don’t worry about eating that extra cookie after lunch—you got this.

You’ll Feel Calmer
The act of walking can be relaxing, even if you’re exploring a busy city street and not a quiet meadow. For an even deeper experience, download one of the meditation apps and listen to a guided walking meditation.

Your Legs Will Become More Toned
Just 30 minutes a day can strengthen and tone the muscles in your thighs and calves. Pair your walks with strength-training exercises twice a week (lunges, squats, etc.) and you’ll notice even better results.

And You Might Reduce Varicose Veins
Walking regularly has been proven to help reduce the appearance and pain of varicose veins. Make sure you change into sneaks before you start to prevent injury and increase circulation.

You’ll Improve Your Digestion
After eating a heavy meal, don’t flop down on the couch in front of the TV. A 30-minute walk will help get things moving in your digestive tract and keep your blood sugar levels more stable.

You’ll Get Errands Done On-the-Go
Something else you can take on that walk: your phone. Use the time to catch up with long-distance friends and family. Or make that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off for weeks.

You Might Be Inspired to Exercise Even More
After a few weeks of making this routine, your half-hour walk will become a piece of cake. You might even be inspired to take it to the next level and try a 30-minute run or bike ride. The possibilities are endless.

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