As the temperature rises and the skies turn blue, it’s a good time to get outside and enjoy nature. A five-minute walk each day can have massive benefits to your physical and mental health, and it can help you to refocus. My wife and I have been walking more, and we can feel big improvements in our moods, depression and anxiety. We tend to go out in the evenings but the days are starting to last longer, which we are very grateful for. It’s not often we get to spend time outside together as we both work full-time and fill most of our free time staying indoors and binging Netflix or Disney+.
Going for a walk outside is a great way to break up from the monotony, and you will probably find there’s a lot of places nearby which you haven’t explored before. Listening to nature, seeing other people (distanced apart) without masks, and greeting them is always a pleasure. It’s like a little self-reset and makes me happier to get back to work the next day. Work can certainly get a little tiresome for most, so it’s great to walk away and come back fresh.
Walking has also improved my leg mobility. I work full-time sitting at a desk, and I don’t take any time out to walk or stretch. It’s entirely my fault, but walking has really helped stretch my limbs, and there’s less pain than before I started walking. There are too many great benefits to not take some time out for walking, and I encourage you to go out there and start walking!