6 Reasons Why Walking Daily Improves Mental Health + Increases Vitality Eternally
Do you find yourself having random brain fogs or spurts of stress and/or anxiety?
Take a breezy walk with me!
Maintaining stress is easier said than done.
I’m here to show you 6 EASY reasons why walking can increase vitality and decrease stress & other mental/physical ailments. I find the most beneficial ways to relieve stress are the small things I incorporate within my day to day. Lets do it together!
We’ll go through which ways walking:
- Helps create ideas with ease
- Clears your mind
- Alleviates bad diet choices
- Promotes overall vitality
- Relieves Stress
- Allows you to appreciate yourself more
1. Spark New Ideas Out Of “Nowhere” & Increase Your Creative Abilities
Create ideas quick! That project you’ve been waiting to start/finish will come into fruition.
Sometimes forming ideas and creative thoughts don’t always come easy ~ especially in the morning for some of us! Moving your mind muscles are as vital as moving your body muscles. Participants in a research study showed a 60% increase of creativity for those who walked daily.
Being a business owner or pursuing personal projects can seem like this never-ending roller coaster ride of creating ideas. It can feel like this intense search for the next best thing, the next best topic, or you just find yourself wanting to be the best at what you do!
I know that can be very intimidating and working daily without stress is an unrealistic standard to live up to. Being more observant and aware of your body is the main source to achieving personal goals and making vast improvements.
A short walk could be the break you need!
You want your creativity to flow ~ that’s when the best thoughts come to the surface! Your mind will align with your great ideas and give you forward motion to pursue those goals and pertinent projects.
A simple 30 minute walk always gets my gears going and inspires me to create my reality to the fullest extent!
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking,” Friedrich Nietzsche.
2. Ease Your Mind & Gain Some Clarity
How to be spacey in the most beneficial way!
You ever get brain fogged out of things you’d like to action ASAP? Take a short walk! Studies and extensive research proves even just 30 minutes of a brisk walk can lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system & mental focus; and you can absorb an extra dose of Vitamin D!
Conscious breaths and nature itself restores balance and increases concentration but walking itself creates healthier blood flow to the brain. Be more hands on managing cognitive health and limit distractions by walking to create more clarity!
I know after my walks I feel organized and in order, it quiets my impulsive thoughts and anxious tendencies. Every time my walks come to an end I have a new idea or new way of approaching what seems to be an obstacle.
3. Gets Rid Of That Sweet Tooth!
Eliminate that ride-or-die sweet craving!
A University study showed that just 15 minutes of a walk can get rid of chocolate cravings and reduce sweet cravings in half! Relieving the stress that comes with why we choose to make impulsive snack decisions. And the infamous “walk it off” is real because your burning calories and creating healthy habits with every step.
Maybe after your walk you’ll have some fresh fruit instead? For my menstruating friends if your still having that chocolate craving try to grab fruit or a natural sweet first. Clear head ~ Clear skin ~ Clear Body! You’ll be surprised at the lovely results I promise!
4. A Natural Probiotic!
The most real natural way to boost your immune system +support vitality
Walking naturally improves your heart health and reduces respiratory illnesses. Not only do you get rid of calories and stress, you also get to keep your immune system in check!
A study of 1000 people proved those who walked daily during flu season had half the amount of sick days and showed milder symptoms for a shorter period.
It also lowers obesity-promoting genes, the risk of breast cancer and improves digestion. I know all of these issues run in my family and the only way to maintain my good health is through my day to day activities.
5. Reduces Stress + Promotes Good Self Esteem
Ever find yourself anxious or stressed throughout the day?
Let nature give you confidence! Produce more serotonin intentionally and lower levels of cortisol naturally.
A lot of folks don’t know that you carry stress in your body as well as your mind. Working out those stresses internally & externally while easing your mind is the goal. Nature walks allow you to redirect your energy, so get your legs moving to uplift your spirit!
If your feeling down or lonely walks will always come in always come in handy. 45–60 minute walks are recommended for people with anxiety, disorders and depression. Walking can be as effective as anti-depressants and also aids in recovery and improving symptoms.
6. Appreciate Your time + Efforts ~ Take A Break
Don’t We All Just Need A Break Sometimes?
Whether you’re working or just relaxing anxiety or restlessness can creep up on you and just completely take over your mind +body. A lot of times we need to step away from the task at hand and just take a moment, reevaluate, and then take action!
Listen to your favorite song, count steps until it annoys you, or do some walking meditations! (I recommend Vipassana). It’s good to get your legs moving~ LITERALLY~ get some fresh air, create new ideas and solve problems when you meet them!
“Only ideas won by walking have any value.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
I have a BOP for you to listen to on your daily walk!
Hopefully this post motivated you to take a walk!
Which one of these reasons would be the most beneficial to implement walking as a healthy habit?
If you could cut brain fogs in half with walking daily would you do it?
Is stress/anxiety clouding things you’d like to pursue?
Do you have problems implementing healthy habits into your life?
Or do you want to flex your legs, get into nature, or create new ideas with ease?
Leave a comment! Let me know which reason was most important to you to action and how walking effects your day to day.