Mental Health Benefits of Walking

Last Update on October 25, 2021 : Published on July 29, 2020
Does walking really improve mental health

Whenever in stress, anxious or confused… Walking always makes everyone feel great. Regardless of the countless physical health benefits of walking… walking has various mental health benefits too. Walking slowly or at a speed improves our mood, mental health, energy level, and gives us a peaceful time to think about life and growth.

Not only this, but the benefits of walking daily are also not only limited to mood improvement… Walking also reduces stress and there are more countless benefits of walking daily. Various studies show that each count during walking slowly counts and alleviates energy and mood levels as a result. Therefore, it can be said that it is an exercise for brain health

Walking for the improvement of our mental health releases endorphins that make us happy and establish euphoria. In this blog, I have enlisted various mental health benefits of walking. So, let’s get started.

Mental Health Benefits of Walking:

1. Improves Mood

improves Mood

Personally speaking, whenever I feel anxious or stressed, I put my earphones on and go on a walk with my furry buddy. Studies show that walking alleviates mood and makes us feel better. Walking wipes out the negative energies and brings out a positive and calm side. So, if you are feeling stressed today, go for a walk. You can also go for walk daily and enjoy the benefits of walking daily on an everyday basis. 

PS: Do not forget to put on your masks!

2. Establishes Peace and Happiness

establishes Peace and Happiness

Had a heated argument with someone or just had an overly hectic schedule…walking distracts the mood and establishes peace within our mind and body. Additionally, while walking let the juices of your imagination and positive thoughts flow to bring out the calm and peace in body and mind. Therefore, keep walking for your mental health and physical health as well. 

3. Improves brain functioning

Various studies show that exercises like walking improve brain functioning. According to a study accomplished by the New York Times, it shows that walking improves brain functioning and sharpens memory. Additionally, while working if you feel stressed or tired, you can go for a 5-minute walk and see the result. You will feel more energized and more focused on work.

PS: Keep walking and keep your mental and physical health intact.

4. Reduces Stress

reduces Stress

Truly, walking reduces stress… if you want to find peace amidst chaos… go for a 5-minute walk… you will feel more refreshed and focused. Walking distracts the mind from negativity and establishes peace in the mind and body. Moreover, go for a nature walk whenever you feel stressed… it is one kind of meditation (walking meditation), and enjoy benefits of walking daily.

5. Improves Sleep

Whenever you feel lethargic or insomniac, go for a 30-minute walk… it will help you to sleep properly and it helps to digest the food easily as well. Include a 30-minute walk daily in your schedule and you will see that your sleeping pattern is way more improved than before.

6. Brings out the creativity

When you go for a walk, do not invest your time in thinking negative or talking with someone else… instead try focusing on positivity or career plans. Thinking about the future while walking in nature brings out more  creativity in terms of future plans (try it and let us know through the comment section). Hence proved, again that walking is also an exercise for brain health. 

7. More Energy

more Energy

While you invest your energy in electronic gadgets or watching TV, try spending some time walking and you will feel that you are more energized and full of vibes (take your furry friend with you).  Various studies show that people who walk daily as a form of exercise are more energized and have a low probability at getting chronic diseases because their heart and brain function really well.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q1. Does walking help with mental health? 

Yes, walking helps to keep mental health intact. Apart from physical health benefits, it offers various mental health benefits of walking. Walking can be used for treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Q2.How much walking is good for mental health? 

A. According to research, 10-minutes of brisk walking alleviate our mental alertness. 

Q3.How does walking help our minds? 

A. Walking releases endorphins. Endorphin is a hormone that helps in boosting our mental health. 

Q4. Is morning good for depression? 

A. According to psychologists, walking can help in reducing mild to moderate symptoms of depression. It also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Q5. Do you feel better after walking? 

A. Walking releases endorphins. Therefore, yes, walking makes me feel better, less stressed, and promotes better sleep. 

Wherever and whenever you go for a walk, do not forget to cover yourself with a mask. Properly sanitize yourself after stepping at home. Take care of your furry buddy.

I hope this blog motivates you to walk daily as a form of exercise. Comment down and let us know how the mental health benefits of walking work for you.

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Thanks for reading!

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content creator at Calm Sage. By education, she is a food technologist and nutritionist in making. Her constant interest towards the improvement of mental health drawn her to write. She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you". Apart from this, she is a foodie and dog lover.

2 COMMENTS

  1. mariya jonsan

    Walking is everyday is one of the best exercise to reduce mental health improve stress level and i always do this and make my self happy. Here you are explaining very well thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Aayushi Kapoor

      Indeed, walking is the best exercise for mental and physical health. Thank you so much for your kind words...keep reading more @calmsage.com

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