Updated: Nov 25, 2019
I'm sure you've heard about the physical health benefits of just a gentle walk - the cardio workout, the weight loss and anti-diabetic effects...but what about the mental health benefits?
Even an easy walk or ride releases chemicals in the brain like endorphins and serotonin that can reduce your stress and improve your mood. Make it a regular routine and not only can it can help manage depression and anxiety, but it's proven to improve our quality and quantity of sleep - critical in recovery from physical and emotional injury.
Walking will also get you out in the world, help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and put you in touch with other people.
By pumping oxygenated blood to the brain, gentle exercise can make you think more clearly, improve memory, build more connections between brain cells and protect your brain against injury and disease.
It's free! Oh, you mean how much exercise? Seriously, our Australian guidelines recommend at least 30 mins most days, but these can be made up by doing a number of even shorter (10-15 minute) sessions.
Here's a Tip - walk with a dog! Not only will they encourage you to make it a routine thing, but they're social magnets that will get you a smile from other dog walkers ...every time! Haven't got a dog? Borrow a friends! Seriously, a walk with a dog is magic when it comes to mental health.
The other good news is that our bodies have incredible resilience and amazing capabilities to restore the natural balance. Resetting anxiety levels, rebalancing the body’s responses and resolving the underlying issues is not only possible, it’s what we’re designed to do. For more information on resolving excess anxiety, depression and PTSD - quickly, gently and permanently visit www.pstbythesea.com