Don’t you just hate the feeling of being stressed? Your chest muscles begin to tighten then follows a shortness of breath, all rendering you tense and anxious.
No! No No! Enough is enough! It’s time to take back control! It’s time to give Mr. Stress a solar plexus blow and send him running straight for the hills.
The key to winning the battle against stress isn’t by sitting down on the couch and binge watching Breaking Bad for eight hours straight, but going for a quick refreshing walk.
Walking is a form of low level exercise that help rapidly increase ones energy levels. Whenever you’re feeling a bit fatigued you can give yourself a well deserved boost by going outside and let yourself revel in the feel good endorphins .
In a case study conducted in 2008 when volunteers were advised to make purposeful walking a part of their everyday routine, 65% of the 36 volunteers (apx. 20 participants ) reported a 20% boost in energy levels stating that the feelings of fatigue they had previously experienced were completely gone.
‘Huh? Wait a minute… I walk everyday to work and school and I don’t see any awesome benefits, I’m still as stressed as ever.’ I’ll have to stop you right there. There is a difference between walking to a fixed destination and purposeful walking with the intention of breathing and absorbing the positive energy all around in form of the sky, birds, trees, and awesome green grass.
As a matter of fact, in recent years there have been new research conducted by scientists from Herriot-Watt University, in England stating that a simple walk in the park or being amidst green spaces (i.e. Grass) instantly puts the brain in a peaceful and relaxed state.
Yes, it’s really that simple. Whether for 5 minutes, or a extensive 30 minutes walk, it makes no difference the duration of your stroll, simply pick up your trainers and go for a stroll and you will be surprised at how energetic and renewed you feel.