Lunchtime Walks

By Katie Faulkner

When the average American spends 20% of their week at work, it’s important to prioritize health, even at the office. Walking during your lunch break can be one of the simplest and most beneficial activities for your body and mind. Luckily, Chattanooga and its surrounding areas are filled with scenic outdoor locations to get in a few brisk steps each day!


Health Benefits of Lunch Break Walks

a simple 30 minute walk can provide numerous health benefits such as these for your body

– Maintain a healthy weight

– Increase blood flow and circulation

– Help manage blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease

– Reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke

– Strengthen muscles and bones

– Improve coordination and balance

– Boost your immune system

– Get some extra vitamin D (for outdoor walkers)


And these for your mind…

– Improved mood

– Better sleep

– Higher self-esteem

– Mental alertness and clarity

– Potential to ward off dementia

– Decreased anxiety, fatigue, and depression


Besides feeling better and improving your health, walking during your lunch break can boost productivity at work and equip you to tackle the second half of your day. Chattanooga area walkways, greenways, and trails are a perfect place to practice this lunchtime life-enhancement.

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