Movement is really helpful for our state of mind and also our bodies natural immune cleansing system aka the lymphatic system which unlike the circulatory system doesn’t have a pump like the heart and so relies on movement to keep it going. The easiest exercise is to walk – it’s free and it can bring you many health benefits!
Here’s my 5 top benefits to get you out walking!
1. It may help lift depression
Exercise improves self-esteem, mood and sleep quality and reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed and staying active helps those who are depressed recover.
2. It’s brilliant for your brain
A King’s College London study suggested fitter legs are linked to a fitter brain, as we get older. The study of twins found that simply walking more can improve brain function in later years.
3. You’ll live longer
A Cambridge University study suggested a daily 20 minute walk could reduce the risk of early death. It found twice as many deaths may be due to lack of exercise than obesity.
4. It’s as good as running
In fact, it might be better. US researchers found that running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5% while walking reduced it by 9.3%. High blood pressure and high cholesterol risks were also lowered by more than running and diabetes risk was reduced equally by running and walking.
5. It helps heart disease and osteoporosis
Not taking your daily walk? Feel like you’ve not seen sunlight for days? Vitamin D levels can really be effected if you are choosing to stay indoors. So instead get out and soak up the sunshine vitamin whenever possible. It will not only boost your energy, it’s also essential for maintaining a healthy heart and strong bones.
Here’s a short and fun video explaining more about why 10,000 steps is the optimal distance to walk!
Despite the continuing lock down period it is essential to make the most of your exercise time and being in nature to get your free daily healthy dose of mental and physical wellbeing. And if you are under an extended lock down period you could sit in your garden or near an open window listening to the sounds of nature or listen to nature sounds or guided relaxations with nature sounds as this will also bring you some benefits.
Keep well & stay calm