Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from stressors. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air, and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief. Other ways walking can relieve stress:
- Put physical and mental distance between you and the stress-causing environment.
- Many people carry stress by tensing their muscles. By getting into your correct walking posture and form, you un-knot those muscles and put them to work. Learn more about how to walk.
- Observe the environment around you; enjoy the trees, flowers, birds, gardens, sky, storefronts.
- Feel your body in motion and reconnect with yourself.
- Wear off stress-eating calories.
- Take time to work through problems and possible solutions as you walk.
- Talk and laugh with your walking partner to relieve the stress.
- Let off steam and vent with your walking partner.
- See that there is more to life than your problems.
- Lower your blood pressure and your heart health risk, which can be increased by stress.
If you are a natural worrier, you face the risk of turning even your stress-relieving walk into its own set of worries. 10 things walkers worry about.
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