Let's Take a Walk!
Exercise has amazing advantages for boosting your mental health benefits. You don't have to train for a marathon to get these benefits; studies show that even slow-paced walking can help give your mood a lift.
A study done in California showed that walking more steps each day made participants feel happier and have more energy.
Walking is a great, low-impact activity, making it an easy exercise to attempt.
(Always discuss any new exercise programs with your doctor.)
Here are a few of the reasons to schedule in a 20-30 minute walk three times a week
Exercise releases chemicals (norepinephrine) in your brain that helps your brain deal with stress.
Another chemical released in your brain by walking is endorphins, known for creating feelings of happiness.
A 30-minute walk a few times a week can boost your mood.
Soak up the sun-
Walking outside can boost your mental health even more. Walks in nature help break negative thought patterns (especially rumination) that can lead to depression. Plus, getting natural Vitamin D from the sunlight is a great health benefit (do remember to wear sunscreen!).
Get your creative juices flowing-
Researchers gave creative-thinking tests to people who were seated and while walking: the walkers were more creative than the sitters.