Dr Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US has stated, “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug is walking”.
One of the keys to good health is to engage in Eustress or good stress every day and incorporating a walk into your daily routine enhances your health.
The Harvard Healthbeat states… “Walking for 2.5 hours a week — that’s just 21 minutes a day — can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment-required activity has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep you mentally sharp.”
Three key benefits of walking are…
- It boosts your immune system. The increased pumping action of blood moving around your body stimulates the body’s immune response. Walking also has a relaxing effect on the body due to the ‘Happy Hormones’ the body secretes. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder.
- It reduces the stress placed on joints and pain is reduced. In 1964 at seventeen years of age I had knee reconstruction surgery which was considered major in those days and required two weeks in hospital. My post-surgical therapy was swimming two miles a day for two months. This same knee started to give me major pain at night a number of years ago. The solution was I moved from using weights in the gym to walking over Brisbane’s Mt Coot tha several times a week which has rendered the knee pain free, and my joint stress has gone. Studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain, and that walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking protects the joints, especially the hips and knees, which are the most susceptible to osteoarthritis. The action of walking lubricating them and strengthens the muscles that support them.
- It reduces cravings for sweet foods. The University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. These results came from two different studies. Also later research has confirmed that walking can reduce cravings and the need for the intake of a variety of sugary snacks.
If you would like to immerse yourself in two days of creating your own unique Stress Management Toolkit with tools and strategies that build your resilience and lead you to the calm, then join us in Brisbane on 13 & 14 August for the Stress to Strength Experience Workshop. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management Practitioners who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed.
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