Walking For Well-being

Physical

There are an abundance of reasons to walk .Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain , reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture.


Mental

While the physical benefits are notable, the mental boost that can be gleaned from adding a walk to your daily routine may be more immediate.

One Stanford University study found that walking increased creative output by an average of 60 percent. Researchers labelled this type of creativity “divergent thinking,” which they define as a thought process used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.

Psychologists found that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout when it comes to relieving the symptoms of anxiety.

Walking promotes a mental state conducive to innovative ideas and clarity.

Not only your creativity that will benefit from the mental lift. Walking is also a proven mood booster. One study found that just 12 minutes of walking resulted in an increase in joviality, vigor, attentiveness and self-confidence versus the same time spent sitting. Walking in nature, specifically, was found to reduce ruminating over negative experiences, which increases activity in the brain associated with negative emotions and raises risk of depression. So in short walking also makes you Happy !


Walking has also been shown to improve memory and prevent the deterioration of brain tissue as we age.

Outdoors is best but how to set the treadmill

You can’t set the treadmill at 3.5 and zone out for an hour and expect to see major results.

The power of an effective walking workout lies in your hands — literally. All of those buttons on the treadmill are there for a reason, and it’s time you start hitting a few of them. Make sure to "take some hills" or use the incline a few times during your walk.




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