Walking Towards Good Health & Wellbeing
Everyone knows that exercise does your body good. This is particularly true if you are suffering from anxiety. The good news is that you can do something as simple as walking to help you bust that stress and feel better.
I confess, I haven't always walked as much as I should have. You know how it is - sometimes it's just too easy to take the car and save your legs. Recently, though, I've kept the car keys firmly on the hook and worked my body a bit harder, and I'm pleased to say that I'm really seeing results.
Why? Well, walking helps you stay active, boosts your feel-good endorphins, and can even help you maintain a healthy weight. So, take advantage of my hard won knowledge and find out more about what walking can do for your state of mind!
Meditation at its best
Firstly, I have to admit that virtually any form of exercise - from aerobics and yoga to walking - can act as a stress reliever. Staying active increases your overall health but also has a direct effect on your sense of wellbeing. When you’re doing well mentally, your physical health often follows suit.
There's more good stuff too; when you take a walk, you may actually be shifting your brain into a calmer state. Walking through green spaces, such as a park or garden, has been shown to put the brain into a meditative state by triggering 'involuntary attention'. This means you are able to effortlessly hold your attention on your surroundings while reflecting at the same time. I usually try and get to my local park before work a couple of times a week, but you might find something different works for you. The beauty of this is that you can slot your exercise in whenever or wherever it is convenient.
Fresh air does the body and mind good. Studies have shown that spending time outside can reduce stress and improve memory and attention – even when it is cold. Taking a walk outside may even boost your energy more than using a treadmill.
Reduce stress and boost endorphins
Just like any other cardio routine, walking helps boost the endorphins in your body, which help reduce stress hormones. Endorphins can also help alleviate mild depression. To enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of walking, you don’t need to push yourself very hard, either. A simple, comfortable stroll can be just as effective as a brisk walk.
Feeling stressed? Get out, get some fresh air, and take a walk!