• Alex Driesprong

The benefits of walking outside (and how our walking tour can help)

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

If you're looking to lose weight, de-stress, or simply reach your step goal; the benefits of being outside and taking a stroll are endless.


Whether an early riser (morning person) who prefers to walk/jog at sunrise before starting their day or those who prefer to go after a long day of work. The sunrise and sunsets on Curacao are amazingly beautiful which brings about this sense of tranquility


The island has an amazing climate for spending it outside. The fresh air and cool breeze is a welcoming invitation to an outside stroll. Just make sure to dress for the occasion. Locals normally do no head outside during peak hours between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, if you do be sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water. During all other hours, wearing a cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended.



Annual Santa Run on Curacao (cancelled in 2020 during Covid). Fun to do if you're around Curacao in December Source:Antilliaans Dagblad



hit your 10K steps and build a healthy habit while reaching your fitness goals


Hit your 10.000 steps with ease by joining a walking tour through the old town. Our walking tours can generate as much as 5.000 steps. Considering the average person walks anywhere between 3.000 and 4.000 steps a day, reaching 10.000 steps isn’t too far away.


Completing 10,000 steps each day typically burns about 2000 to 3500 extra calories each week. One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories, so depending on your weight and workout intensity, you could lose about one pound per week simply by completing an extra 10,000 steps each day.


Fresh Air


High blood pressure or feeling bloated? Fresh air has been known to improve these as well as give an energy boost.


Fresh air has been known to naturally boost energy and create a sharper mind. Stepping outside during lunch or after a day inside a stuffy room and breathing some fresh air is a great way to cleanse your lungs.


Soak up some sun and Vitamin D


A walking tour, a jog, or a simple stroll on the island is almost always accompanied by sun. Sun brings benefits. Sunlight that shines on the arms, legs and face will generate significant vitamin D which in turn helps boost the immune system. Sunlight has also been linked to improving depression.



Reduce Health Risks


Lastly, according to Mayo Clinic walking for regular activity can help reduce your risk of these common health problems:


· Heart disease

· Obesity

· Diabetes

· High blood pressure

· Depression


Affordable


Running, walking or jogging are amazingly affordable compared to a gym membership. In fact, it's free, pending your initial investment in shoes or clothes depending on how serious you want to take this. So if you found yourself having to do some cuts to your budget due to the pandemic then this is a good alternative



In closing....


So long story short, walking helps. Whether by taking a Walking Tour, a stroll through the old city, or around your neighborhood. It is time to get on your feet and start moving around.


Interested in taking a walk as well as soaking up some culture or history? Join one of our daily Free Walking Tours and gain your steps while also meeting new people and learning something new.


Book at https://www.freewalkingtourscuracao.com/book-online and pay what you think it’s worth.

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