Walking is a Great Stress-Reducer

4/9/2012 11:20:52 PM

Walking is a Great Stress-Reducer
By Monica LaBorde

by Monica LaBordeChallenges are a little like rain showers on a summer day. They make life interesting. They support our life. Of course big storms may frighten us and increase our stress. In life, some days run smooth and then there are days that challenge us. Navigating life’s journey can be difficult. When you start to feel overwhelmed, remember that your personal wellbeing can improve by “walking it out”.

Experts say that happiness can be achieved by including exercise in your life. Walking can be the answer you are looking for. It will serve as a time out for a stressful day and a happiness booster. Exercise is one of the cheapest, quickest, and most successful activities we can undertake to increase our level of happiness. Walking does not require a gym membership or any fancy equipment.

Experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you are just beginning an exercise program, check with your doctor. Start small with stretching to increase flexibility. Walk at a comfortable pace in 10 minute sessions. This will help clear your head of stress and improve circulation. Anything we can do to increase our activity levels, no matter how small will be good for our bodies and our spirit.

Walking alone or with a friend can be very beneficial to your personal well being. It can turn a negative day into a positive day. Consider incorporating walking into you daily routine. Remember to stretch before walking and cool down after. In our lifetime there will be plenty of challenges. Don’t let them get control your life. “Walk it out” and remember that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and go for a walk to clear you head.

Resource used: Arkansas Cooperatives Extension Service.

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