Walking is one of the simplest and most common movements we do since we were a child. Despite its simplicity, it has proven to bring many health benefits to us. The benefits of walking every day can help you physically, in things like losing weight or keeping our heart healthy, it can also benefit you mentally.
The act of just going for daily walks can help lift your moods and help you stay positive and happy.
According to an article from the Daily Mail Online, across three studies done, a team of researchers tested hundreds of undergraduate students who did not know what the true aim of the research was in order to have a more accurate result.
Students who spent at 12mins of walking around their campus resulted in having a more positive mood compared to students who just sat and watched videos and photographs of their campus.
In the second study, before the students went for a walk around their campus, they were told they needed to write an essay and discussed its contents after the walking tour. Even so, this does not seem to affect their positive mood at the end of the walking tour.
In the third study, students were split into two groups watching a 10-minute Saatchi Gallery video alone, either while sitting, standing or walking on a treadmill. Again, the group of walking students ended having the most positive mood scores among those standing or sitting.
This is the first study that is done without associating exercise, like fitness goals, getting fresh air or walking in nature.
In order to reap the benefits of walking every day, we have to get past that mental barrier of just getting off our sofa or desk and start implementing walking as a habit.
‘People may underestimate the extent to which just getting off their couch and going for a walk will benefit their mood as they focus on momentarily perceived barriers rather than eventual mood benefits,’ according to study authors Jeffrey Miller and Zlatan Krizan.
Furthermore, the benefits of walking every day don’t stop here, besides having the mental aspect of being more positive and happy, it is also necessary to help protect yourself from the heart problems especially if you have a sedentary job.
And if you don’t like to do those fancy circuit exercises, all you need to do is walk. Apart from burning off calories, walking also helps to manage stress-induced weight gain. Some studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes allows you to burn up to 150 calories daily. If you walk faster, you can burn even more calories.
Then again, if it’s too hard to go for long walks, you can try splitting your walks into three sessions instead, which could be better than going for one long super walk.
Start scheduling for daily walks now, not only you will be more positive, lose weight, you can also boost your health and protect yourself from heart-related risks.
So, what are you waiting for? After reading this, get off your couch and go for a walk.