Lets take a walk!

Lets take a walk!

Exercise has long been recognized as a relaxation method for individuals suffering with anxiety, stress and depression. Experts believe that a 30 minute workout per day can release enough feel-good endorphins to boast self-esteem and aid sleeping patterns – a crucial factor in everyone’s well-being.

Vigorous forms of exercise have already been credited with having beneficial effects, but gentler methods have also proved very beneficial. Long-distance walking can be as relaxed, or demanding as you want, and is perfectly adaptable to those who have difficulty with strenuous activities. Being free of charge, it provides the perfect outlet for those struggling under the weight of financial burdens

You may remember a previous Very Well Being post that detailed the positives of walking to work – if you haven’t read it, you can so here. Several of the beneficial effects can be applied when using walking as a mild therapy. However, there’s more to consider when it comes to walking away the blues.

First things first, to avoid injury, it’s always good to invest in a quality pair of boots. To keep costs down, Brantano offer reasonably priced designs for all ages – perfect to keep you trekking no matter what.

Start slowly and try to build your walking route gradually. To reap the full health benefits, including both mental and physical, jaunts need to be of moderate-intensity. In other words, it needs to be faster than a stroll; just remember not to overdo it on your first day. You know your body’s limits and if you need to build up to 30 minutes by breaking the walks into 10 minutes chunks, that’s fine.

The easiest way to walk more is to make it a habit you look forward to. If you’re suffering from stress due to a demanding job that keeps you away from loved ones – make walking a family activity. Or, if you’re capable of looking after a dog, adopt a furry friend to walk with. Animals provide extremely positive effects to those suffering with mental health issues – improving mood and reducing tension in those with mild to moderate depression.

Long-distance walking is a cost-effective way to improve your health and quality of life. Having a positive impact on an individual’s sleeping pattern, energy levels and ability to manage stress, it can also increase sexual desire and build upon your confidence and general fitness.

So let’s get walking to make an improvement in mental health today – you’ll notice a positive difference in no time.

 

 

 

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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