A recent study paired individuals into groups, one of which spent 30 minutes on a treadmill and the other that participated in 30 minutes of rest. Each group's progress was monitored throughout the treatment with a conclusion that both groups reported having less negative feelings at the end of the study, along with less stress and tension. The difference, however, was found when the group that spent 30 minutes walking also noted an overall improvement in well-being.
"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world." ~Paul Dudley White
Walking can help relieve stress.
Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from the stressors. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief.
Some walking benefits:
- Put physical and mental distance between you and the stress-causing environment.
- Time away from the stressors to clear your head.
- Many people carry stress by tensing their muscles. By getting into your correct walking posture and form, you unknot those muscles and put them to work. Learn How to Walk
- Observe the environment around you, enjoy the trees, flowers, birds, gardens, sky, storefronts.
- Feel your body in motion, reconnect with yourself.
- Wear off stress-eating related calories.
- Take time to work through problems and possible solutions as you walk.
- Talk and laugh with your walking partner to relieve the stress.
- Let off steam and vent with your walking partner.
- See that there is more to life than your problems.
- Lower your blood pressure and your heart health risk which can be increased by stress.
- Improves mental alertness and memory
- Spurs intellectual creativity and problem solving
- Elevates mood
- Helps prevent and/or reduce depression
- Improves your self-esteem