I have to say I love being outside, I love walking Finleyfoo, it just makes me happy and I de-stress, I feel more focused on it too! The question is, Can walking really benefit our health & wellbeing? Well yes apparently it does, on many levels, let me share with you what they are.
1.It Makes You Happy
Apparently, research has shown that just like the “high” runners get, walking can provide the same “happy” chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. This elevates our mood during and after exercise! Now it makes sense to me why Finleyfoo and I walk about those woods smiling all the time! I am guessing he is on a high too!
2. Strengthen your bones
The best exercise for your bones is the weight-bearing kind, which forces you to work against gravity and this would include walking
3. Blood Pressure & fight against heart disease
This obviously does not happen from one walk, this will happen if you continue to do this over time, Walking is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. … Exercise also increases your lungs’ ability to take in oxygen, lowers blood pressure, helps to reduce body fat, and improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
4.Help strengthen your immune system to ward off common viruses and flu
David C. Nieman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and a former president of the International Society of Exercise Immunology said his research shows that moderate exercise increases the recirculation of important immune cells, especially from bone marrow, the lungs and the spleen. It has the effect of cleaning up the body. To get to moderate levels obviously we would have to pep up the pace a little, so I think over time you could definitely build up to this.
5 It can make you look younger.
Now I know why not having a driving licence and walking nearly everywhere has helped me! Dr Mark Tarnopolsky ran a study where a group of adults had to take part in 3 hours of moderate exercise a week, a patch of skin on their bottoms, is an area rarely exposed to the skin-damaging effects of the sun. The sample who had been working out displayed visibly younger looking skin. you can read more about this follow the link below
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2607298/Can-exercise-actually-REVERSE-aging-Promising-new-study-reveals-working-make-skin-appear-FORTY-years-younger.html#ixzz5DgqgvB5n
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This fascinated me and explained a lot, yes ageing has a huge amount to do with genetics but there are always ways we can help that with lifestyle.
So all in all, I think it’s a clear case for our mental and physical well being we all need to get outside and get walking! Granted in this country the weather doesn’t like to play ball but I have been out in all weathers due to having a dog, and I still love it, plus this does not involve any pricey gym fees, It’s free! I know for some people 3 hours per week could be a lot, but 3 hours to help your health and well being doing something did I mention that is free! Surely that has to put a smile on your face!
I would love to hear if you have any tips you have found has helped your mental or physical well being, have you now read this and had the courage to start doing a little walk, have you parked the car further away, or walked to school/local shops instead of driving! Keep me posted!