For dog owners, ‘walkies’ is part of the daily routine. And even if you’re not a dog owner, that shouldn’t stop you reaping the benefits of walking. We’ve rounded up 5 reasons to get your stride on…
It’s a time-out
Consider a walk a breather. A chance to escape the housework, school run or never-ending Zoom calls, and get some fresh air and be alone with your thoughts. Studies have shown that walking resets the mind and improves focus, so it’s a great remedy if you’re struggling with a particular task.
It’s a stress and anxiety reliever
When we experience things that make us stressed or anxious, our body goes into flight or fight mode. This prompts certain responses in the body, resulting in the likes of difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations and brain fog. Any kind of exercise that raises the heart rate can stabilize mood and release the tension.
It aids sleep
A good night’s sleep should never be overestimated. In fact, poor sleep patterns can have serious negative effects on our mental and physical health. Walking outside means we get exposure to light, which aids the body’s ability to get in the right cycle for sleep later on.
It boosts mood
Walking at a brisk pace will release serotonin, dopamine and endorphins in the body. Our natural feel-good chemicals, this little blend works wonders to lift the spirits.
It increases energy
We’ve all experienced a sap in our energy levels over the past few months, thanks to less time outside and less movement in general. Walking increases the body’s flow of oxygen, as well as the cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones. All of which, raise energy levels considerably.
It connects us to nature
Countless studies have shown a relationship between exposure to nature and improved mental health. Exercise outside is proven to reduce stress hormones and boost happy hormones, as the green open space promotes a sense of calm and wellbeing.