Walk yourself happy

When you go for a walk it’s not just your body that benefits, the way you think and feel changes too. The world can look better and brighter.

So, how does walking bring happiness? It’s partly because healthy, active people tend to be happier, but it’s also because taking a brisk walk gives you a chance to take time out, think and reflect.

Walking also sets off a number of other processes that contribute directly to your sense of happiness and wellbeing, including:

  • promoting the release of endorphins - “happy” hormones
  • releasing adrenaline – the body’s own “mood-lifting” chemical
  • producing hormones to improve sleep
  • releasing muscle tension.

Walking is:

  • simple – no instructors or membership needed
  • free – no special equipment involved.
  • practical – can be done anywhere, anytime
  • easy – just get up and walk!

Make it one long walk or a few short ones

Walking is a great way to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days, and you don’t have to do it all at once. Any brisk walk of at least 10 minutes is good for our health and can reduce the risk of disease.

Kids and teenagers need even more activity than adults, so discover ways to get your kids more active.

Walk yourself healthy

Whilst you’re walking yourself happy, you’re also walking yourself healthy. Depending on your situation you could also:

  • reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • reduce your risk of developing some cancers
  • feel more energetic
  • increase muscle strength and endurance
  • lose weight, reduce body fat and increase muscle tone
  • lower blood pressure
  • prevent or control diabetes
  • reduce joint and muscular stiffness and pain
  • strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • improve balance
  • improve sleep.

So take every opportunity to be active because each step you take is making you healthier and happier.