The Mayo Clinic has reported that exercise has a direct benefit of the immediate reduction in feelings of stress. Physical activity encourages your brain to produce more endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. As a result, you instantly feel more relaxed after a workout.
Good news! You don’t have to go to the gym and endure a sweaty workout to produce those endorphins. You can de-stress by just going for a walk!
A study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reported that as little as a 10-minute walk actually produces the same stress-busting benefits as a 45-minute workout, providing up to several hours of reduced levels of stress.
Yes, walking gets you outside. More importantly, it does something both physically and mentally, which allows you to change your perspective.
Walking helps you to put some distance between what you’re working on and what is working on you…by literally stepping away from the problem.
A large reason for your stress is the mind factor. You may think the problem is bigger than it really is and the stress builds up. Walking helps you get out of your head and puts you back in your body.
- Good for your body, mind and spirit
- Available whenever you are
- An activity you can enjoy for free by yourself, or with family/friends
- Diminishes risk of heart disease
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Enhances flexibility and coordination
- Reduces body weight
Find some time to walk…your health and well-being are worth the time and effort!