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