This article talks about the benefits of exercising, particularly walking, and how you can exercise for a great cause! Read below to learn more and sign up for the Turner Syndrome Foundation‘s (TSF) Take a Step for Turner Syndrome event.
Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as medical advice. It is only meant to provide information about the benefits of exercising and walking. Talk to your doctor what exercise plan works best for you and your body to prevent injury.
Benefits of Exercising
Exercising has many benefits, including:
- reducing your anxiety;
- lower your risk of getting anxiety or depression;
- boosting your energy;
- helping you have better sleep;
- increasing your self-confidence, especially about your body;
- creating a better sex life, as a result of the previous bullet;
- helping your body age more slowly;
- reducing your risk of type-2 diabetes;
- reducing your risk of getting kidney, lung, breast, bladder, and other types of cancer;
- lowering your risk of getting dementia;
- improving your self-esteem;
- aiding with muscle-building;
- keeping your bones stronger as you age;
- lowering your risk of falling at an older age;
- helping your body fight against heart disease and stroke; and
- so much more!
Exercising, even during a pandemic, is important, since it helps maintain and even improve your health in many ways.
Specific Benefits of Walking
Walking, a simple form of exercise, has many benefits. Including walking in your routine:
- is free; you don’t have to go to the gym to do it;
- increases your creativity;
- increases your self-confidence and attention span;
- helps your posture and endurance;
- lowers your blood pressure and risk of having depression; and
- can be done during the pandemic, since it’s easy to physically distance and adapt to any environment.
Exercising for a Cause
Another benefit of walking is that it can be used to support great causes. Charitable virtual walking/run events are great opportunities to exercise during the pandemic while helping to raise money for your favorite cause. One example is TSF’s Take a Step for Turner Syndrome Event, which will take place from November 1st to the 8th.
TSF is an organization that works to raise awareness of Turner Syndrome (TS), a genetic condition that affects 1 out of 2000 biological females. TSF also sponsors a wide variety of programs that support members of the TS community, such as webinars and opportunities to participate in research.
Sign up (for free) by October 25th to:
- set a walking/running goal for the week,
- create an online fundraising page,
- participate in fun social media challenges with graphics and flyers that raise awareness of TS, and
- compete for fun prizes for top runner/fundraiser.
This is the perfect time to join us to walk for a good cause!
This article was written by Elizabeth Rivera, TSF blog post writer, and edited by Susan Herman, TSF volunteer blog post editor and translator.
Sources used for this article:
NHS (England’s National Health Service
What is Turner Syndrome?- A TSF article