Do You Walk Enough? Start Walking For Stress Relief!

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Today I want to talk about how walking is perfect for relieving stress. How often do you walk?

Walking is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Exercise in general is effective for stress reduction, but walking is accessible to anybody and doesn’t require special equipment or knowledge. Research has shown that people who walk enjoy lower stress levels than those who choose more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running or strength training. Here are some reasons why walking is superior when your goal is stress relief.

Lets You Slow Down

In a world where rushing has become the norm, walking can be a refreshing chance to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Cycling and running require passing things by at a faster rate of speed that doesn’t allow for low-key observation. With regular walks, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying a more relaxed perspective on the world around you.

Enhances Your Mind-Body Connection

Stress can keep you locked away inside your head, causing you to lose track of what’s important and healthy for your body. Walking can remedy this by engaging you with your movements for awhile. If you focus on your senses during a walk, you can deepen this benefit. For example, concentrate on your breathing, the sounds around you and the feeling of your feet on the ground.

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Improves Your Sleep

Poor sleep is a common cause of stress, and exercise is one of the best medicines for insomnia and poor sleep quality. Significant improvements for sleep will come with at least 30 minutes of walking daily. Ayurvedic medicine recommends going for a walk before bedtime; if you decide to try this, choose a relaxed pace and savor the fresh air.

Gives an Escape from a Stressful Situation

Sometimes a short escape is all you need to reduce your stress. By going for a walk, you can take a break from a tense situation and have some time to collect your thoughts. It’s often best to walk alone at times like these, but if you’ve been stewing by yourself, try going for a stroll with a friend for a positive social occasion. As an alternative to driving, walking can be a great way to take more time on your trek to the store. As exercise, walking gives you more time away than running or cycling a similar distance.

Walking is a gentle, versatile way to lower your stress levels. Recent studies have also shown that it carries as much health benefit as more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running. Whether you enjoy walking alone or with friends, in the morning, at night or on your lunch break, you can easily reduce your stress anywhere there’s room to walk.

If you’re not used to actively walking or you’re not convinced of the amazing benefits that walking will have on your stress levels and the ways in which it can change your life, I want you to check out my Kindle book all about the amazing ways that walking can help your stress levels plummet!

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To your stress relief success!

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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