Article By Josee Smith
Do you love the arrival of Spring after a long cold winter? The air is warmer, flowers start to bloom and the longer daylight hours just invite you to get outside and get moving. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than by going out walking?
Walking is great to maintain a healthy weight, decrease body stiffness and tension, improve your posture, get fit, or just to enjoy the outdoors.
Walking is one of the best overall exercises for your health.
Walking is helpful with getting your joints moving and is a good choice for anyone who is dealing with health conditions such as arthritis. Walking also helps improve your cardiovascular system. Plus it lowers your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke and decreases your chances of getting diabetes.
Other benefits include mental and emotional health, such as putting you in a better mood and helping to lessen and eliminate stress, anxiety, and depression. By incorporating a regular walking routine into your life, your health will benefit physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Walking through green spaces like your favorite park also puts your mind into a relaxed state and allows for reflection at the same time. Your mind will become more aware of your surroundings, thus allowing it to become more calm and relieve the effects of the stress in your life.
Spending time outdoors is a fantastic way to reduce tension. It has been shown that taking a walk outdoors can help improve one’s memory and attention span. Plus, you’ll gain a boost of energy due to the fresh, crisp air, which can help you to refocus your mind.
Walking has been shown to boost stress-busting endorphins. This can also help to alleviate mild depression. Consequently, when you’re feeling down or depressed due to recent distressing events, or just from the struggles and challenges of everyday life, schedule some time for walking each week. This will allow you to receive these endorphins, as they can help to pick up your mood and focus your brain on everyday activities.
Walking can be a great social activity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. See how you can organize some friends together or gather some people to walk together a few times a week.
The companionship you can gain from walking together can do wonders for your mind and alleviate any stress you may be feeling. Not only will you spend time with other people, you can also help each other deal with any problems you’re facing by talking and listening to each other.
As you can see, your mind can receive many healthful benefits by walking regularly. Walking in nature, especially in a favorite spot, can help to take your mind off of regular stress you’ve been feeling, while also making your mind more aware of its surroundings.
Walking is a fantastic way to explore your neighbourhood, meet new people, and enjoy the fresh air all while reaping the health benefits.
So why not spring into walking this spring?
The best way to start a new walking routine is to plan for it. Work out the best time of day to walk including for how long. Take some time out during your week to walk for twenty to thirty minutes (target two to three times a week).
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