Enjoy the stress-busting benefits of active walking

Sport is good for your health, as you already know. But did you know that practising physical activity also boosts your mood? Discover the stress-busting effects of active walking. Now is the perfect time to take a second look at this most comprehensive of sports!

Active walking for reducing stress

At home, at work, in society: problems tend to pile up, generating stress levels that are difficult to manage.

Regularly practising a gentle activity such as active walking initially gives you distance from those problems.

Many active walkers agree on the benefits of this sport in their daily lives.

This is certainly the case for Pauline, digital communications manager, who practises active walking in her lunch break: "When I go walking, it is a real moment to relax, a great chance to switch off my brain from my work. I get lungfuls of fresh air, recharge my batteries and feel de-stressed for the rest of the day!".

This view is shared by Emmanuel Lassalle, cross country walker and fan of solitary walks: "This sport gives the mind and body a good airing. I think about lots of things when I walk, and manage to resolve certain problems in my life. I love my long walks. It's a chance to get some real 'me time'. Sometimes, I don't even feel like I'm doing sport!"

How active walking can help you to fight stress

When you practise active walking, you blood is better oxygenated. This additional boost of oxygen generates a feeling of well-being which benefits you during and also after your active walking sessions.

During the session, your body will produce up to 5 times more endorphins than at rest: endorphins are also known as "happy hormones!"They are a source of well being for your mind, helping you to think positively and preventing the blues associated with an overload of stress.

Yes, however... To benefit from these boosts, you need to sustain the effort for at least 30 minutes in the endurance zone. Which is lucky, because this zone is also the same one in which you burn the most calories!


The right posture for optimising the stress-busting effects of active walking

1 – Your movements should be relaxed

The first signs of stress often appear in the shoulders and back. To eliminate tension affecting these zones, make wide, relaxed movements, especially with the arms.

2 – Smile!

By relaxing the muscles of your face and smiling, you will gain more enjoyment from your walk. Give it a go, it works!

3 – Have a bit of 'me time'!

Plan out some pleasant walks, far from traffic (noise, pollution). For a session of active walking to boost your well-being, it's best to practice 2 to 3 times per week rather than cram it all in at the weekend!

How about you? Do you feel the stress-busting effects of active walking? Share your experience!



Getting into shape and feeling less stressed are the top reasons for fitness walking. When practised outdoors this open air sport helps you get away from the stress of everyday life.


Fitness walking is a simple and affordable physical activity accessible to all.But this sport has many benefits which contribute to improving physical and mental well-being.


Active walking is an activity that can be practised at any time, indoors and outdoors. Walking indoors is sometimes a tempting option when the weather conditions are not promising... But admit that walking outdoors, in a park or by the water's edge, is always more inspiring for your mind as well as for your body!
Active walking, even better outdoors: proven, 6 times over!