What are the benefits of walking long distances? Start long distance walking in preparation for an EasyWays holiday in 2019. You will definitely notice improvements to your health and fitness!
As we mentioned in our last post, we are preparing for the festive season! However, as always, we are looking forward to starting the new year off the best we can. The team at EasyWays are strong advocates of healthy living and exploring your surroundings, here to help you realise just how beneficial walking can be. So in 2019, follow this advice if you want to prepare for a walking holiday and improve your mental and physical health!
Benefits of Walking Long Distances – Advice from EasyWays
Effective Yet Gentle
One of the valuable benefits of walking long distances is that it is a gentle form of exercise, yet is effective in maintaining health levels. For those who find vigorous activity a challenge, long distance walking is ideal. Whether you are walking the West Highland Way or around the local park, you can go at whatever pace suits you. Also, the freedom to explore new places makes the whole thing interesting. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you can’t take part in the sport you love or you’re in recovering from an injury, walking could be the perfect solution. Like swimming, it strengthens joints and muscles, easing tension.
Helps you Live Longer
Walking at a brisk pace for at least 30 minutes a day has been proven to drastically reduce your chance of developing heart disease, cancers and dementia in the future. It is also great for lower blood pressure! Getting into the habit of walking for a long time will not only be greatly beneficial for your short-term health but is likely to improve your overall health. But, you must keep the habit up.
Improves your Mood and Reduces Stress
Another benefit of long distance walking is that can greatly improve your mental wellbeing. So much so that some most successful people in the world; Steve Jobs to Beethoven, were known for walking to destress and increase productivity. So, why not follow in their footsteps? Walking releases endorphins which trigger positive feelings and thoughts. If you feel particularly anxious, lacking in motivation or unproductive, getting out into the fresh air and taking in your surroundings is likely to give your attitude a boost!