May is National Walking Month.
Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health. A 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of several preventable health conditions, including, certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process!
In the same way, walking can help you feel energised; it is also great for making you feel happy.
These are just some of the reasons you should try to work more walking into your daily routine. Whether you walk at lunchtime or start your day with a walk, why not try it and feel the benefits for yourself?
Walking can be a great way to improve mental health, as it has numerous benefits for the body and mind. Here are some ways that walking can help support mental health:
- Reduces stress and anxiety: Walking can help reduce stress and anxiety by increasing the production of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the brain.
- Improves mood: Walking can also improve mood by increasing the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, and sleep.
- Boosts self-esteem: Walking can boost self-esteem by giving a sense of accomplishment and promoting well-being.
- Reduces symptoms of depression: Walking is an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression by releasing endorphins and lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Enhances cognitive function: Walking can improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain, leading to better memory, attention, and concentration.
- Provides social interaction: Walking with others can provide social interaction, which can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Overall, walking is an easy and accessible way to support mental health. Whether it’s a stroll or a brisk walk, getting outside and moving your body can positively impact your mental well-being.