When most individuals decide to make a conscious effort to improve their health, they typically think they need to take on one of the 'heavy hitters,' such as cross fit or marathon running. But the truth is these high-intensity programs typically only resonate with individuals who are already fitness buffs. For the other eighty percent of Americans who aren't getting enough exercise and won't stick to a high-intensity training program, walking just thirty minutes a day can offer many of the same benefits. So if you have wanted to do something good for your health, consider the benefits of walking, lace up your tennis shoes, and hit the pavement.
Boosts Mental Health
One of the first benefits individuals new to exercise begin noticing, regardless of what kind of workout they're doing, is improved mental and emotional health. Walking falls within the category of activities with repetitive motions that help the brain process thoughts and memories more easily. Not only that, but it also increases the production of neurons as well as an important neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps the body and brain cope with anxiety. Walking also boosts mental health by helping individuals feel more energized and happier, particularly if they walk outside in a familiar location. And the best part is the mental health benefits of just thirty minutes of walking can last up to twelve hours or more, so it's a great way to start the day the right way.