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“Covid-19” continues to spread around the world, and with the approaching winter season, focus increases on the importance of maintaining our physical and mental health in light of the epidemic crisis.
One of the most effective ways in which you can gain physical and mental benefits is by walking, as it can help us stay in good shape, and it also helps us overcome boredom and even bad mood.
Walking for just half an hour five days a week is sufficient to achieve the recommended weekly exercise goals, which specify that adults should do “at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.”
Moreover, it is also “an easy, low-impact activity within the reach of nearly everyone,” explains Tombione Platt, of the charity The Ramblers. “Regardless of your fitness level, walking is a great way to start getting fit,” Platt continues.
When the charity collected facts and data about how well you walk, “walking regularly at any speed” can do wonderful things for physical health, including everything improving flexibility, boosting the immune system, and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and certain types. From cancer.
In fact, their research found that “active people have a 40 to 50% lower risk of colon cancer than inactive people, and also a lower risk of breast and lung cancer.”
And if you want to take advantage of the benefits further, you can try walking at a brisk pace, as walking at a brisk pace means that “you should breathe a little faster, feel a little warm and can feel your heart beating fast”, and this is what benefits the heart and lungs And blood pressure.
And if that wasn’t enough to get you to walk, Platt tells us that there are a whole host of mental health benefits too, especially for those who like walking in green. “There is ever-increasing evidence that spending time outdoors and connecting with the natural environment can help. It has a positive effect on mental health and is a good way to reduce stress, depression and fatigue. ” In fact, a survey by The Ramblers and YouGov found that 89.9% of all respondents “agreed that walking in nature or green spaces helped them relax.”
However, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t have an easily accessible green space to stroll in, because you will likely feel the benefits no matter where.
And according to the charity The Ramblers, physical activity such as walking can help improve everything from sleep to mood, manage stress, anxiety and intrusive thoughts, improve self-esteem, and reduce the risk of depression. With everything that’s happening right now, this easy mood booster could be the perfect way to overcome the anxiety associated with “Covid-19”.