Walking Your Way to Stress Management
With the dreary days of winter behind us, we welcome the warmer days of Spring, inviting us to come out of the house and into the sunshine! A very effective regimen to manage the harmful effects of stress involves getting plenty of rest, a healthful diet, and regular exercise. Not surprisingly, the simplest, easiest way to exercise regularly is also among the most popular – brisk walking. Most people walk to improve their heart health, but few know that walking also has the ability to soothe jangled nerves and reduce stress. Brisk walking has a calming effect, enhancing mood and self-esteem. Some research shows, in fact, that a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk can have the same calming effect as a mild tranquilizer.
The nice thing about an exercise walking program is that it can be started at almost any age. Most doctors recommend that people over 40 or 45 years of age have annual physicals, and if you have high blood pressure, other cardiovascular problems or medical condition, you should definitely consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.
The key to healthy walking is to walk tall and keep your eyes forward. Hold your shoulders back and don't slouch. Maintain a natural stride and focus on taking quicker, not longer strides. As you begin, you’ll feel your body almost immediately begin to release endorphins and energy producing chemicals. As you continue to walk your body temperature will rise. You’ll start to burn calories. You’ll feel invigorated. Even better, you’ll begin to feel relaxed as your body releases tension.
You may be surprised at how quickly walking can make you feel better, be a good stress reducer, and become a regular activity you enjoy. And remember, a daily serving of BeeAlive B-12 Plus and BeeAlive Rhodiola Plus is helpful in managing everyday stress and anxiousness.
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