The Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of the most effective and harmless healthy exercises around, to trim you down and to keep your body functioning well.

Walking can help with weight loss, build up stamina and fitness and help prevent or manage high blood pressure and heart disease.

But what I want to look at more, is the way walking benefits your mood and your mind.
There are a lot of mind help tips, apps and articles, and what I think it’s great to focus on how a healthy mind can improve your life – even in a dramatic way.

Taking a walk, either alone or with company, can really improve your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, see walking as an absolute must do!

Looking more deeply, walking has shown benefits to preventing dementia. Dementia effects 1 in 14 people, and for older people walking six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass.

Now that the sun is out a little longer, just being outside is a great benefit to get away from your desk, sofa or bed. This low impact, friendly activity gets you that all important vitamin D that a lot of us lack from living in the UK. But aside from all these healthy effects that walking has on our insides, it is great for toning those legs, bums and tums! Toning up and defining your legs, calves, quads and bottom! Add in a hill, and there you had some extra toning potential.

Walking not only strengthens your heart, muscles and mind, it also makes you feel better and gives you energy. A brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. And where excersize boosts your mood, Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety.

So what more can I say! Get outside and get walking! The benefits are endless and you will feel happier and healthier ?

Happy walking!

By Aryana Vashisht

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