Walking can provide calmness in our daily lives (as opposed to that nervous panic when your train is delayed or you’re stuck in traffic), and the opportunities that walking presents whether this be the opportunity to pick up a pint of milk, to check out the menu of a new restaurant or to burn off more energy than you would sat in your car.
Walking to and from everyday destinations is also a great way to clear the mind, it gives you time to process your thoughts, let your mind wander and for you to take in some fresh air. Walking can have beneficial effects on your mental wellbeing as well as your body’s wellbeing; one hour of walking can burn a similar amount of energy to that found in a large latte made with whole milk, a Cadbury’s Wispa bar or a small portion of nachos!
Now that “summer” is approaching we can dare but hope for some warmer weather in the UK, making the outdoors far more inviting, and with British Summertime hours being firmly in place there’s even more light hours in the day. Taking a walk after your evening meal can be a lovely way to spend your evening and can help reduce fatigue, often felt after eating a large meal, as well as instilling a sense of calm over your mind and body.
Similarly taking an early morning walk before starting your day’s activities can help you to feel much more awake and refreshed, again giving you time to process your thoughts and put your mind at ease, ready to start the day ahead. Walking being a form of physical activity can provide a protective effect on the body’s circulatory1 and respiratory systems also. Incorporating a walk into your morning, your lunch break, your evening or even your journey to everyday destinations could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your day.
1Jefferis, B et al. 2013. Protective Effect of Time Spent Walking on Risk of Stroke in Older Men. Stroke. [Online]. [Accessed 3 May 2017].