When my husband and I met, we were 17 and 18 years of age. Neither one of us had a car, so when we could not catch a bus, or a ride with friends or family, we did a lot of walking together. At that young age, walking blocks and even miles was not a big deal.
Medical science, has long been extolling the virtues of walking, which include reducing stress, and improving overall health . The American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of not walking alone. They suggest having a sole mate, a friend to be a walking partner.
When that individual who strolls by your side, happens to be your significant other, this is even better, because studies indicate that couples who walk together will enjoy additional benefits. Walking is a wonderful way to relax, release stress and feel calmer. A couple walking together will also get much needed exercise. together.
Strolling along, side by side, even hand in hand, helps a couple bond and become closer. It offers the opportunity to talk un-interupted by telephone or family. Every step you take together will burn calories, reduce lower back pain, and strengthen your heart.
My husband recently took his first 1 mile walk with me. We walked the first half mile taking in the sounds and sights of nature. We stopped at a nearby Hardees for lunch, before walking the 5 blocks back home.I realized that having my spouse with me caused me to slow down and enjoy the stroll. When I walk alone I often walk pretty fast, and do not pay attention to anything along the way.
Couples who walk together may eventually decide to work out and or lose weight together. Enjoying activities as a duo is one reason married couples live longer than their single counter parts. As couples age, children, jobs, health issues and other cares of life may pull them in different directions. This has for some led them to grow apart.
Walking with your spouse, will give you common ground, and a mutual interest that will draw you closer together. Now that my husband is waking with me, I am going to map out different paths and trails we can take, to make it interesting.
Based on the comments I see on Facebook, a number of men and women over age 50 are unable to sleep at night. An evening walk together may exert the necessary energy, to help you relax and enjoy a good nights sleep together.
The best overall benefit of my husband deciding to walk with me, was the comment he made later in the evening. He told me that he actually enjoyed our time together, and looked forward to doing it again.All I can say, is mission accomplished.