We know that walking can burn calories, ward off obesity and reduce the risk of heart disease, but did you know that your afternoon stroll could be a stress-buster and decrease the need for medications related to stress, depression, sleeplessness, etc.?!
5 ways walking helps to decrease stress:
1. Puts your brain in meditative state.
2. Improves attention span: According to studies walking 20 minutes several times a week through a greener landscape helps improve attention span and memory.
3. Boosts stress-busting endorphin levels.
4. Walking in groups decreases the levels of stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure, improves stress resilience and alleviates depression.
5. According to a 2008 study, individuals with sedentary lifestyles experienced a significant boost in energy (20 percent) and a 65 percent reduction in fatigue after following exercise programs centered around walking.