When the beginning of the pandemic that we had to be all inside our houses without being able to socialize or even do our normal life, stress and anxiety played a huge role on many peoples life. One way that personally helped me a lot during that time was doing something that before the pandemic we could have consider as “granted”, but during and even after for a couple of months, was something that I learned to praise and appreciate even more.
Besides the nice views that you get to see, walking has a lot of benefits. According to “Arthritis Foundation”, walking can help you improve in many different things that will improve your day and, in the long term, your life. One of the benefits that helped me and they mentioned as well in this article, walking helps you to lighten your mood “Walking releases natural painkilling endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.” This at least for me was something that really made my days better, just being able to go for a walk, stretch a little from sitting all day either taking classes or doing something on the computer, having a nice chat with my mom or even with myself, are things that helped me be more in calm when all the world was upside down.
Another benefit that they mentioned in this website that I think is also something really helpful because of the hard nights when you can’t fall asleep, walking helps you sleep better. According to this website, “Studies found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took one-hour morning walks, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk.” Now here they focus on a certain group of people, but from my personal point of view, I found this true, whenever I walk or go for a run, at the end of the day I feel more relaxed and I can see that is easier for me to fall asleep without laying down counting from 1-100 and back.
So if you are considering or wondering what you can do to overall improve your health and your life as a whole, you should definitely should consider taking a walk, is something that your body need and your mind will appreciate, as well as yourself.
12 benefits of walking: Arthritis foundation. 12 Benefits of Walking | Arthritis Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/physical-activity/walking/12-benefits-of-walking