Take a Walk Outdoors Day


There are numerous benefits to taking walks, and doing so outside is much more fun than walking on a treadmill. Walking outside also gives you vitamin D, which 75 percent of adults don't get enough of. Taking walks can brighten your mood, as chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine are released during and after walks. Walking can lessen depression, and it is more effective in doing so if you walk outside than inside. Walking can also benefit the brain by helping new brain cells to grow, which can fight memory loss and dementia. Walking is beneficial for the heart: it can lower your blood pressure, and can lower your risk of getting a heart attack. It can also lessen your chances of getting lung cancer, help you burn fat, strengthen your bones, and keep your skin healthy by helping your body to produce more collagen.

Take a Walk Outdoors Day is observed next on Monday, January 20th, 2020. It has always been observed annually on January 20th.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by taking a walk outside. Take a walk with family or friends, or spend some quiet time alone. Take a nice leisurely stroll, or power walk at a brisk speed. Walk in your neighborhood, or take a hike in a wooded area or state park. Above all, make sure you get outside and get some exercise. Your body and mind will thank you.

Occurrence Patterns

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annually on January 20th--



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