The benefits of walking outdoors

As with most forms of physical activity, walking provides benefits for both your physical and mental health.

With Spring bringing lighter mornings and evenings, now is the perfect time to enjoy the many benefits of walking outdoors.

In the words of Greek physician Hippocrates ‘walking is man’s best medicine’.

Have a look below to see the top benefits of walking outdoors.

Your mood will improve

Exercise of any kind gives you those ‘feel good’ endorphins, which improves your mood and triggers positive feelings in the body. However, according to studies, walking outdoors is even more beneficial as research has shown that being around nature reduces tension and depression.

You’ll get some vitamin D!

Vitamin D is essential for a healthy body and walking outside will provide plenty of this. Along with being good for your bones, blood cells, and immune system, it also helps your body absorb more of certain minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.

It can improve your sleep

Exposure to sunlight helps regulate your body’s internal clock, and this internal clock tells your brain when it’s time to fall asleep at night and when to wake up in the morning. Too much exposure to artificial light at night can mess up your internal clock which leaves you wide awake at night and tired during the day. Walking outdoors can help reset your body’s clock improving your overall sleep pattern.

It’s more fun

Walking on a treadmill and staring at the same 4 walls can get boring. When you’re walking outside you can always change the scenery to keep things interesting or try a different route to make your walk more challenging.

It can boost your creativity

Research has shown that going for a walk outdoors can get your creative juices flowing. We’ve all heard the quote ‘fresh air will do you good’ and quite often taking a walk outside can clear your mind and trigger new ideas.

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