Walking in a park, being in contact with nature, considerably reduces stress and makes you feel better. You need more energy? Consider the following five points if you decide to add a walk to your daily routine for more well-being!
Walking in a natural environment is an excellent natural remedy against stress.Walking in a park as often as possible will make you feel happier, and even works your memory.A minimum of 30 minutes walking in the open air, surrounded by trees or around a lake, is beneficial against stress and anxiety.
1 – How to find a park on your route?
Thanks to on-line maps on your smartphone, you can easily find the closest park by localizing yourself before leaving.If the park on your route is too small for a whole session, include it in your route anyway:you will feel better for having taken a break and recharging your batteries for a few minutes.
2 – Forget your telephone when you are walking
You will be more concentrated on the nature around you and make the most of it. Also, not having your eyes fixed on a screen while you are walking helps you maintain good posture for breathing deeply. All this will add to your feeling of well-being!
3 – How fast should I go?
A comfortable speed is recommended for you to feel good and recharge your batteries. Choose to go faster or slower depending on how you are feeling and your physical capacity – above all, the aim is to relax in the open air. Take advantage of this moment to concentrate on your senses, and not your performance.
4 – Take breaks if you have time
If you are not in a hurry (which is not the aim!) and you have given yourself time to feel better, you can take a few minutes to sit and watch the nature around you. Listening to natural sounds, like the wind in the leaves, is soothing. Use your break to do some stretching, particularly your shoulders, back and neck where your feel the first signs of stress, and relax completely!
5 – What equipment do I need?
Even if performance is not your aim, a pair of shoes suited to fitness walking is essential.The aim is to feel better in your mind, but also in your feet!
Choose comfortable clothing – perhaps take a bag to carry your gear if you walk to and from work.
And don’t forget that to completely relax, there is nothing better than good company. Why not invite your best friend to join you?