There are many benefits of walking – both physically and emotionally.
First up, here’s a study which shows that you can walk yourself out of a bad mood!
A well-known research study at Duke University showed that going for a brisk 30-minute walk three times a week is as effective as taking antidepressants to improve your mood.
And they found that the group that used exercise like brisk walking had more long-lasting benefits than those that took antidepressants.
Walking increases the release of endorphins and the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, the same chemicals that antidepressants manipulate to make you feel better.
Researchers also discovered that during brisk walking there is an increase in brain emission of alpha waves that are associated with a relaxed, meditation-like state.
Next up, there are many physical benefits to walking.
Daily walking increases metabolism and helps to protect agains muscle loss as we get older.
Plus, Melina B. Jampolis, MD says, ”Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients because it is very easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of tennis shoes, and has tremendous mental and physical benefits.”
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Because I recognize how walking is so beneficial (for the mind, body and spirit), I now purposefully plan “Walking Catch Ups” and “Walking Business Meetings.” Instead of meeting a friend or business colleague in a restaurant, cafe or office, I meet them in Washington Square Park or The Highline (both beautiful outdoor place here in NYC, where I live). We then walk and talk our conversation. I feel the connections shared are even stronger when you’re outside and moving, rather than sitting in a loud, crowded place.
Take some steps toward improving your mood today. Step away from your computer or work desk or TV – and step outside for a nice 15 minute walk. You’ll also snag some nourishing Vitamin D from the sun while you’re out there (if you do it during the day versus evening). Also, leave earlier when heading out to meet someone – so you can walk instead of use public transportation. Or purposefully park in a place which requires you to walk a little. And of course, take those stairs instead of that elevator – and you’ll help to elevate your mood!
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