30th July 2020
Walking is amazing! It may seem like an odd statement, but at a time where we are consumed by the latest in fitness fads, it would appear that this simple form of exercise is a little underestimated. Not only is walking free, it doesn’t require any specialist equipment and you can even take it on holiday with you. Over the past few months, the lack of accessibility to our local gym or spin class has forced us all to focus on the simple things, and reverting back to this traditional form of exercise has been popular amongst the InterLearn family, with most swapping their daily commute for a walk instead. With this in mind, we thought we would share some of the benefits the team has experienced over recent weeks and hopefully our experiences will help motivate you to grab those boots and start walking. ❤️
Improve Mood: It should come as no surprise that walking helps improve your mood. Exercise, including walking can help improve your mental health by releasing endorphins which can bring about feelings of euphoria. Going for a walk, no matter how short or long, has the power to make you feel happy, so whether its five minutes before you start work or half an hour during your lunch break, we challenge you all to give it a go, we promise you that the feeling after your stroll will be one which you will want to experience time and time again!
More Energy: It may seem counterintuitive, but walking really can increase your energy levels, especially if you are sat at the desk all day working. Those magical endorphins, that are released during any form of exercise not only improve your mood, but they help boost your energy levels too. Moving around can help eliminate those feelings of sluggishness, which in turn will make you feel more focussed. Whether you take a walk while on the phone or decide to walk around your kitchen or lounge every hour, on the hour, we promise this new approach will be a step in the right direction.
Reduce Stress: No matter how much we try to avoid it, stress has this way of creeping up on us, especially with everything that has been going on over the past few months. Walking can help relieve those stresses through various ways. Not only does it give you time to reflect, moving away from a stressful environment can help decrease your levels of anxiety and make you feel more refreshed and positive. Whether you are in the office or working from home, we advise anyone who experiences a stressful time, to move away from what they are doing and step outdoors for a couple of minutes. This short amount of time will have a huge impact on your way of thinking.
Increase Creativity: I’m sure I am not the only one who has had their best ideas while walking. We have already mentioned how walking is good for the brain, but why is it, we seem to get our most creative moments while walking in the great outdoors? Some studies suggest that the act of walking is closely linked to meditation. It is this link that may help someone empty their mind of ideas which have not been working, replacing them with new ones that are stimulated by being outdoors. So, if you have writer’s block, or just want to escape and fill your mind with new and more positive thoughts, grab those boots, explore your surroundings and let your imagination run wild!
There are many more benefits of walking, but these are the ones we have found most useful as we’ve stretched our legs more since a certain Pandemic curtailed our pastimes. We hope our little insight, has given you some motivation to go for a walk and explore today. Whether it’s with a friend, a family member or the dog, it is important that at a time like this, we all make a conscious effort to look after our mental and physical wellbeing and walking can certainly help with that.
Enjoy your stroll!
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