Walking for good Mental & Physical Health

by ForestBear

Improve Mental & Physical Health by Walking. Sounds simple enough, but why is it so hard to do?

Walking for Health

Feel Good Physically & Mentally

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Walking for Health isn't exactly a new thing and we all know that we should be doing more of it.

Not only does a simple daily walk of 30 mins help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as half, and when being physically active endorphins are released in the brain which have a positive impact on lifting mood.

With depression and anxiety on the increase there is every reason to get out, so here is how walking can help managing the darker moments.

Stop putting it off

...and go for that walk!

I guess we all have those days where everything seems to go wrong and all selfconfidence is gone. You feel down and frustrated and feel like going somewhere, but aren't really sure if you can afford the time, so you end up doing miscellaneous tasks around the house, and maybe watch an uninspiring TV show to finish off the day. 

But perhaps that time could have been spent better? I'm wondering why it is so hard for us to allow ourselves the enjoyment of just a simple walk. Maybe it's because we can't physically see the immediate result, opposite to emptying a dishwasher or doing the laundry...

However, there is an immediate effect. As soon as you get out and start walking you'll feel better. Things get put in perspective and it provides a space to reflect. 

I feel walking in nature provides the greatest relief. Go to the beach or forest if near one, or if you live in a city take a stroll in the park. Enjoy nature's beauty and feel the wind...

Not only have you now done your mind good but also your body as a whole. 

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Walking in the cold

Getting through winter can be tough, and growing up in Scandinavia I certainly know how hard and depressing those dark days can be where the sun only just peeks over the horizon. 

Going for a walk in the cold may not be what you feel like, but when the sun is out, the air is crisp and you walk on the frosty roads looking at the snowcapped trees it's well worth the effort! However on those grey slushy days a Health Club becomes handy, as you can get your body moving indoors or maybe even get to warm up in a nice hot spa.

A Health Club or gym is sure a great thing in all climates and seasons and is another good way to keep fit in addition to going for a walk. 

Join a Walking Group

Walking groups in Australia  (I'm sure it's everywhere else too...)  has started to become quite popular as it's a free and fun way to be physically and socially active at the same time.

Heartfoundation Australia organise lots of walks at different levels suited to every age group and needs, and is an easy way to get started.

No mattter what you do, the main thing is to allow yourself some breathing space and keep the body active to nurture the body and soul. 

 So let's go! Are you ready? :-)

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Updated: 09/08/2016, ForestBear
 
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BrendaReeves on 02/22/2012

I'm the worst procrastinator when it comes to walking. Those of us who sit on our butts all day and write really need it.

poutine on 09/14/2011

I love walking and try to do it every day.
Sometimes I use my walking sticks when my leg is not doing good.

It helps to keep my weight down and do me good mentally.
Poutine

sheilamarie on 08/11/2011

I love to go for a walk. It does the body good. Good for the soul, too.

bizilady on 08/07/2011

yes, walking is underrated today. its simple and you don't need any special equipment or expensive club membership.There are walking groups in most malls so walking in inclement weather shouldn't be a problem.;-)

happynutritionist on 08/02/2011

This is something I have to get back to, it's so important and with the hot weather this summer and all the snow this winter, it's been hard. But you can walk indoors with the Leslie Sansome(sp?) walking DVD's ;-))

ohcaroline on 08/02/2011

I couldn't agree with you more...especially the statement: "I don't know it's so hard for us to allow ourselves the enjoyment of just a simple walk". Like Mivvy...I get lots of great ideas while walking and cycling.

ForestBear on 08/02/2011

Thank you mivvy and WordCustard. I'm glad that it was encouraging. Yes cycling is great too

mivvy on 08/01/2011

You are so right about walking. I get the best ideas for articles to write when walking or cycling.

WordCustard on 08/01/2011

Thanks for the encouragement to get in motion. It's so important to take some daily exercise but so easy for us home workers (and office workers) to neglect.

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