The advantages of walking go much further than being physically and mentally healthy. Walking can repair anyone’s spirit whether they are believers or unbelievers because it allows you time to find the answers to the deeper questions. Time apart from the daily pressure of life while engaging in physical activity offers a better chance of discovering the answers that you need. Individuals working on issues such as poor self-esteem, positive thinking, or motivational issues can benefit from the mood enhancing hormones that walking creates in the brain.
Walking can mimic the clear mind that yoga provides, by creating a peaceful mind. Having a peaceful mind allows you to the root of problems and find the happiness that daily stressors take away. A reconnection between mind and body allows you to lose yourself in the breathing and movement of walking, which makes it feel effortless. Some individuals have found that walking on a treadmill allows them the opportunity to take the mind into a soft meditation, which lessens the emotional tornado that they are on.
Walking outdoors does not allow for the soft meditation like the treadmill, but some people find it comforting to appreciate nature. Watching the trees blow in the wind and small animals scamper around sheds light on a part of life that is not made up of demanding bosses and luring deadlines.
For couples who are experience a lack of communication in the home, walking together naturally lead to sharing. Enjoying a post-dinner walk with your significant other will allow time to talk about the day and any worries that are arising. Since walking creates endorphins in the brain, the conversation is more likely to remain positive. Regardless of age or fitness level, everyone can benefit from the effects of walking. If motivation is an ongoing problem, finding a walking buddy will help increase your chances of sticking to it.