Clinical psychologist Dr Louise Joy-Johnson explains how daily walks can benefit our mental health and how getting outdoors can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms
Priory Group, a provider of mental health care in the UK, surveyed 2000 people to find out what form of exercise they do to boost their mental health. 65% of respondents said that they walk regularly to improve their mood. Dancing and cycling came in joint second place with 23% respectively.
1 WALKING RELEASES OUR FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS
Walking outdoors stimulates the release of neurotransmitters including endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin. These trigger a positive feeling in the body and enhance our mood. When we experience these positive emotions, it improves our abilities to cope with stress as well as symptoms related to our mental health.
2 WALKING AS A SOCIAL ACTIVITY CAN RELIEVE OUR STRESS
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