Walking Reduces Stress
Shared by Dr. Erik Waldeland
Walking to Reduce Stress
One of my favorite things to do after a long workday or while relaxing on the weekends is to get outside and walk the dog. There are dozens of studies that explore the many benefits of walking ranging from physical benefits for our body, to stress-reducing properties for our minds. Here in Minnesota, it can be tough when the winters get long and cold, but the benefits of simply going for a walk a couple times a week can be huge for stress levels. I have attached a research article that highlights the benefits of walking, below are a couple of key findings that I hope encourage you to get out and explore your local trails.
“There are several purposes that motivate people to go on long-distance walks. Physical health may be one motivation, as long-distance walking may lead to decreased blood pressure, an enhanced immune system, and more. Another motivation is that long-distance walking may have a therapeutic effect.”
“Neuroimaging studies show that walking through natural environments as compared to walking in urban environments may lead to reduced neural activity in an area of the brain associated with mental illness”
This research review highlights the many beneficial effects walking can have on multiple aspects of health, but I think the mental benefits are some of the most important, especially as we have been so isolated indoors over the past couple years during the pandemic. With mental illnesses on the rise, it is important now, more than ever, to take care of ourselves not only physically, but mentally to ensure we stay as healthy as possible.
Mau, M., Aaby, A., Klausen, S. H., & Roessler, K. K. (2021). Are long-distance walks therapeutic? A systematic scoping review of the conceptualization of long-distance walking and its relation to mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(15), 7741. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157741
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