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Take A Walk Outdoors Day 2023: Date, History, Interesting Facts

Walking has numerous health benefits, and walking outdoors is always more enjoyable than walking on a treadmill.

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Take A Walk Outdoors Day occurs on January 20 each year, and as the name implies, it is a day to go for a stroll by yourself or with someone else. Walking has numerous health benefits, and walking outdoors is always more enjoyable than walking on a treadmill. Walking outside allows your body to absorb Vitamin D, which is beneficial for bone and muscular development. Only the early morning light generates Vitamin D, and 75 percent of adults don’t get enough of it. Therefore, for the best effects, take a stroll in the early morning.


The origins of this holiday are unknown, although it was likely established as a reminder to be physically active. This is especially applicable in today’s technologically driven environment. We spend the most of our day seated in front of a computer screen. As we distanced ourselves from other animals by walking barefoot, the concept of walking is a fundamental aspect of human evolution.

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By walking, the Romans developed the concept of a mile. According to their reckoning, one mile was comparable to one thousand military steps. Long-distance walking evolved into a competitive sport over time, as humans desired to demonstrate their extraordinary achievements. In the second half of the 19th century, this sport gained popularity in both America and Europe. The Black Forest Wanderverein was established in 1864 and is the oldest walking club still in existence. New York hosted the inaugural race walk in the United States in 1911. Even earlier, there is evidence that race walks were an official event in the 1908 London Olympics.

Today, we are familiar with a variety of walking styles, including race walking, speed walking, brisk walking, power walking, and marathons, among others. Even walking has become a kind of worship. In 2015, thousands of pilgrims marched to the Camino de Santiago, inspired by the film “The Way,” which depicts an American father trekking along the same route in France in pursuit of the body of his estranged son. Who knew that walking has such a rich past?

If you have a daily routine, such as drinking coffee, reading, listening to music, or sipping wine, combine it with some walking. Thus, you will not need to find extra time in your busy schedule to go for a stroll. Consider the matter carefully.

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Walking is the most common form of exercise in the U.S., despite the rise of other training regimens and health practises.

Where should one walk?

A rocky outdoor surface consumes 50% more energy than a paved street for walking.

Mood enhancer

Walking increases blood flow to the brain, which enhances one’s mood.

Longest walk ever

Jean Beliveau journeyed on foot to 64 countries, covering 46,600 kilometres in 11 years.

M&M candies burn

To burn off a plain M&M, you would need to walk the length of an entire football field.


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