Fitness outdoors

A long walk is useful not only for the body, but also for the mind.

Each of us needs a little respite, time to be alone with himself. Someone simply locks the house and sits within the four walls from morning to evening, and there are people who do not tolerate confined space. In moments when thoughts in your head swarm and all questions can be answered only by you yourself, sitting and staring at the wall is not the best option. We have a very simple, but extremely effective advice for you: go for a walk. It may seem that it sounds a bit crazy, but we will explain what healing properties the walk has not only for the body, but for mental balance and harmony.

Body benefits

Did you know that walking 5 kilometers more than running a similar distance will bring much more benefit to our body? The work of the heart is normalized, the blood circulation is improved, and this is especially important for those who are used to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Walking is very useful for all muscles, besides you can burn a lot of calories. But do not lean on fatty foods, even if you walk a lot. Even a short walk a couple of kilometers can help people with diabetes to  stay healthy and keep their blood sugar levels in – it’s enough to walk from 30 minutes a day. Admit it, it’s not so much.

A walk can even reduce the risk of cancer! Studies conducted at Harvard University in 2012, say that a daily walk in the fresh air reduces the risk by 19%. Need more arguments?

Walking, you improve your memory and increase immunity. North Carolina State University conducted a series of studies, which resulted in that, walking from 45 minutes a day, you can significantly increase the production of immune cells. 

As a result, the subjects who went on a daily one-hour walk, were ill by 43% less than those who refused to walk. The National Academy of Sciences of the United States in its research has established that daily walks increase the hippocampus by 2%, which is very significant, and such changes have a real effect on the ability to memorize.

Mind Benefit

The promenade in the open air is useful not only for the body, but also for our mind. The ancient Greek philosopher Seneca, who believed that a walk is necessary for each person, spoke about this.”We have to wander, walking in the open air, so that the mind can eat and be renewed in the open air, breathing in fresh air.”

And in fact: the home environment prevents the mind from thinking widely, you feel as if constrained, limited. The vastness of the parks allows not only to breathe with a full breast, but also to think much more widely than in usual conditions. Walking, you look at the world around, at the same time analyzing what is happening in your life. Slow step, monotonous … And over time you can completely immerse yourself in your thoughts, focusing only on the problem or making the necessary decision.

Have you noticed that after such a walk you always return home as if enlightened, and questions that could not be answered could be solved? We are accustomed to thinking, being in a static position, sitting in a chair with a languid face, thinking about our being. Thinking while walking, you change it radically habitual way of thinking, and the brain begins to work differently, more intensively, becoming more productive. In addition, not only our brains need a reboot, but also a general spiritual state. Sometimes you want so much for a while to get rid of all the problems, hassles and worries, just taking some time for yourself. Walking along the avenues of the park or along the paths along which all childhood used to walk, you can remember the old days, indulging in light nostalgia, rethink your values ​​and life priorities. Often, a short walk can change the whole course of life. Believe me: a thinking person needs to be alone with himself and, having left the world, think about his place in this world and about the future.

In a difficult situation, every step you take to solve the problem, and walking, thinking about how to deal with this or that situation, you will not run away from the problem, but in the literal sense go to resolve it once and for all. It is very difficult to come to something, talking with a friend or even with a person whose opinion you consider weighty and authoritative. After such a conversation, you need to be alone with yourself. Walking on a warm evening in the nearest park can be the best therapy that will heal the mind and help to tone up the general emotional state.