With all the talk about getting “steps in” for the day, why has walking become such a popular form of exercise? Besides being a simple step toward being healthy, walking is a safe way for most people to get active. And research has shown that walking benefits not only your physical health, but your mental health as well.

Many times, walking is done outdoors, which is an added bonus in boosting mood and getting in some Vitamin D. The weekly goal should be to walk for at least 150 minutes per week, which breaks down to just over 20 minutes per day, or 30 minutes five days per week. Any way you break it down, if you walk at a brisk pace for just two and a half hours per week, you could experience the following:

  • Clearer thoughts
  • Reduced risk of anxiety and depression
  • Better sleep
  • A reduced risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several types of cancer, along with improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Calmer adrenaline levels combined with an increase in energy
  • Improved memory and reduced risk of dementia
Walking helps boost your mood because it increases blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and body. When you exercise by walking, you calm your nerves, which can make you feel less stressed.

Take your exercise to a new level by walking in an open, natural space. It’s now known that green spaces often give a mental boost by balancing out the “indoor blues” that come after a long winter spent mostly inside. And now, with the spring season upon us, going for a walk means enjoying the mood boost of blooming flowers, warmer weather and longer days!

Need a boost? Go for a walk