We all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and there is growing evidence that walking in green spaces, be it a park or open countryside, have marked benefits for our mental and physical health.
Walking in nature is known to improve your mood, lower perceived stress and even decrease depression, according to a study by the University of Michigan. It will give you the peace and space to find a sense of perspective.
Regular walking will help you find it easier to focus on the task at hand and not get distracted.
Help with problem solving and creativity
Walking gives you a bit of distance from the day to day and allows your mind time to wander. You will find new solutions to issues you are facing, and also come up with creative ideas that have been alluding you.
Feel more grounded
Walking will help you feel more connected to your environment and the wider world. Allow yourself to really concentrate on what you are experiencing with all your senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and maybe even taste.
Walking lowers disease risk
Walking regularly can reduce your risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Any exercise will help you burn calories and walking is no exception.
Walking 6 miles per week has been found to reduce dementia in older people.
More vitamin D leading to strengthened bones
Many people in the UK are deficient in Vitamin D. Walking outdoors allows you to increase your vitamin D levels while lowering your risk of osteoporosis.
The positive effects walking has on mental and physical health will help you build resilience and increase your wellbeing.
Walk regularly, whatever the weather. Go alone or with others. Pay attention to the sights and sounds around you. Allow yourself to be present and to enjoy the moment.
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