Everyone seems to be enjoying the extra time outside walking and in the fresh air right now. I thought I would share some scientific benefits to all these extra walks!
Improved Vision - YEP!! Glaucoma is greatly assisted by regular walks. It reduces the pressure surrounding the eyes - by a whopping 73% Plus, it's gorgeous out right now. Take advantage of it!
Heart Health - duh! This is kind of a no-brainer, but did you know that ALL of these fall under "just good for the heart"???
Bone and Joint Strength
POSITIVE MENTAL CHANGE
DEPRESSION Studies indicate that those who walk often during the week – even with just 200 minutes of physical activity – experience an alleviation of some symptoms of diagnosed clinical depression. Over three years, the positive benefits remained as long as this habit was continued.
STRESS Being outdoors and surrounded by greenery can actually help you feel more relaxed. Being around nature and walking for as little as 20 minutes can bring down the levels of cortisol present in the brain. Cortisol is a stress neurotransmitter, and excess production can lead to anxiety, and decreased positive thinking. Walking is also capable of bringing the brain into a relaxed and calm state. It does so by stimulating certain nerve cells that work to help calm the senses.
MOOD When you walk, happy endorphins are produced more and more. This helps you to feel more happy and energized during the rest of the day. Isn’t that reason enough?
COGNITIVE DECLINE Dementia and Alzheimer’s are frightening diseases faced by many senior individuals. The risk of developing these degenerative disorders increases as you age. Luckily, daily walking can help reduce that risk. Studies have also found that it can do the same for other brain-related diseases, such as strokes. In general, walking is also simply good for overall cognitive function. It helps your concentration and memory, and it keeps your head clear so you can make better decisions and think critically.
HAVE I CONVINCED YOU YET? You have my permission to step away from the computer and get out for a walk!
So here's the bright side to social distancing..... more walks outdoors. And if you don't have a dog to walk as an excuse.... I know alot of lovely doggies waiting to find the perfect home!