Walk to Sleep Better


Walk to Sleep Better

By Donna Vail

Studies show that as little as 10 minutes of walking will help reduce cortisol levels in the bloodstream, the very thing keeping you up or waking you at night. Your body can handle occasional bursts of cortisol however too much weakens the immune system, can cause circulatory problems as well as signals the body to store fat. Exercise triggers your brain to produce chemicals that calm you down, regulates your hormones and makes you feel good. An extensive test done on 700 men and women revealed that if they walked at least six blocks a day at a moderate pace they were less likely to have sleep problems.

You don’t have to have a lot of time blocked out of your schedule everyday for walking but as you begin the practice you will find yourself fully committed to walking. Not only will you feel better for walking but you will also sleep better and wake up more rested. Begin taking a 30-minute walk in the morning to jump start your day. This will power you up to be more energetic, productive and happy.  You deserve the little bit of time it takes to care for your body. As you take care of yourself, feel better and are more energized; you can lead your family forward –this is for you and your family as well.


Moms Inspired to Action:

  • If you don’t have time to take two walks a day, determine a time when you can take at least one walk.
  • Occasionally take a quick 10-minute walk to refresh, stretch and get some fresh air and sunshine. If you need to take your children include them in, it will be just as good for them and teachings them great habits in self-care and exercise.
  • Create a playlist of your favorite music or audio book to listen to while you walk.
  • Get additional tips on walking at www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/walking


 About Donna Vail  

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com

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