Why I Walk
Carolyn Heying

Calmar, Iowa

I’ve always been a very active person and walking has always been a consistent part of my life. I walk to work and back every day and over the noon hour my coworker and I walk around campus. Each day I average one hour of walking.

Walking provides me with alone time, clears my mind, and gets me out of the house. Walking helps lower my blood pressure, improves my sleep, and energizes me— and is the perfect way to get some sunshine and boost my vitamin D to keep my bones strong. It also helps strengthen my heart muscle and helps to tone up my muscles in general.

The hardest part is getting “out the door,” but the rest of it is relaxing and so beneficial! Being with nature and the sun, creating mental clarity with alone time, and taking in fresh air are gifts for a healthy life!