We have been so lucky with the weather during this strange period of the pandemic. For those on furlough, it’s been great to get outdoors, boost mental health whilst always staying safe!
How does walking works wonders? Well, it improves our cardiovascular system, burns calories, boosts libido, changes our mood and cultivates creativity.
In The Daily Mail, Dr Craig Williams a sports science lecturer at the University of Exeter explains some of the other benefits of walking;
‘It can improve muscle endurance as well as muscle strength, especially in the lower body.’
Take a look at all the other benefits and best of all, walking is FREE.
Essential equipment before you start is a comfortable pair of trainers, loose light-weight clothing and some water. Hydration is important in keeping our energy up and essential for brain function. Start slowly and when you feel ready increase the distance and up the intensity.
Regular walking at a moderate intensity is key, which is when you raise your heart rate and break a sweat. If you can sing a song or recite a favourite quote you need to up your speed. Walking has been shown to cut heart disease by up to 50% and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and the risk of some cancers.
A little known fact that a brisk walk at a moderate intensity burns as many calories as a run over the same distance. The older you get, walking is kinder to your bones than the high impact damage that can be caused by running. Nordic walking burns even more calories and gives a total body workout.
Research at the University of Texas suggests walking boosts sexual arousal in women. This activity, changes the chemicals in the brain and the nervous system a win win for everyone!
How we walk has a profound effect on mood, sad people slump, happy people bounce! In a study at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, candidates were asked to walk with a slower pace and minimise their arm movements. This in turn made their shoulders roll forward and created a slumped profile and affected their mood in a negative way. When we exercise outdoors, we begin to connect with the environment and stress levels begin to fall. If we use Mindfulness Techniques we can double the positive effects of walking instantly.
If you could raise your creativity by 60% would you? Well do as Steve Jobs, the late co- founder of Apple did, have walking meetings, Mark Zuckerburg also employs this technique – need I say more! There are Walk and Talk sessions, Wellbeing Walks and Nordic Walking all available on my website.
So as the nights draw in, we need to maintain our healthy habits, up our resilience and look after our mental well-being. So please book a session here with me, your well-being warrior. Let’s get our shoes and see how walking really does work wonders!