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Benefits of walking to reduces stress eating.


Exercise is one of simplest and most effective means of stress management, both for stress prevention as well for stress reduction. Consequently it reduces stress eating, promotes weight loss and wellness.

Your body evolved to do one thing exceedingly well: Cope with bouts of acute stress and then recover from it. What your body did not evolve to do is face off with unrelenting stress while sitting in a chair for hours a day. You were designed to move. More specifically, to walk.

Note, I did not say you were designed to “work out” or “use heavy fitness machinery.” That’s why if you want to do one thing starting now to relieve physical and mental stress, stand up and walk out the door. And keep walking. 

I love to walk. Love it. Plenty of women make walking their main source of exercise in fact, by making it a part of their everyday lives. 

Walking leads to the release of the body's natural happy drugs - endorphins. Walkers who walk at a higher heart rate will notice this effect more than those who walk at a slower heart rate pace. 

But even at a slower pace, most people notice an improvement in mood.

Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from the stressors.

Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief.

Benefits of walking:

  • Put physical and mental distance between you and the stress-causing environment.
  • Time away from the stressors to clear your head.
  • Many people carry stress by tensing their muscles. By getting into your correct walking posture and form, you unknot those muscles and put them to work.
  • Observe the environment around you, enjoy the trees, flowers, birds, gardens, sky, storefronts. Try mindful walking.
  • Feel your body in motion, reconnect with yourself.
  • Take time to work through problems and possible solutions as you walk. (This is my favorite)
  • 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.

 

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