Have you been trying to find ways to get some exercise into your daily routine? By doing this simple exercise just once a day, you can improve your mental health.
If you’re trying to get some exercise into your day but you don’t have enough time to go to a yoga class, dance class or any fitness/relaxation related class for that matter, just going for a walk may be all you need.
Here are just some of the ways walking can improve your life:
Going for a walk helps release endorphins which put you in a good mood. This is important to help your stress levels decrease. Walking helps to clear your head and find your focus again.
Gives You More Energy
Going for a walk allows more oxygen to flow through your body and into your bloodstream which helps to give you more energy. This energy leads to you feeling less sleepy during the day - especially if you are sitting at a desk for hours on end. Just getting up and going for a quick walk can make you feel awake again.
Helps You Sleep Better
If you walk first thing in the morning, you are boosting the effect of sleep hormones which help to improve your overall sleep pattern. If you exercise too close to going to sleep at night, it will lead to your sleep becoming disrupted.
Walking can also improve your creativity, according to research by Stanford University. They gave college students a series of tasks relating to creative thinking and found that from just going on a walk, either indoors or outdoors, creativity increased by a whopping 60% on their return.
“Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity.”
~Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz Stanford University
So, will you be heading out on a walk today?