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16 thoughts on “7 reasons Walking is good for Mental Health

  • beetleypete

    I can only agree, Lauren. I walk Ollie around 5-6 miles a day, 7 days a week. Longer when the weather is fine.
    And I undoubtedly have the best mental health of anyone I know! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  • Lulu

    I love that you love walking! Thank you for this wonderful post and these thoughtful reflections about such a delightful and healthy activity! It was very encouraging for me to read. As you might know from my blog, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with (or maybe just fear of) walking, but remembering all of it’s great benefits and focusing on all of the fantastic effects that it is having on my mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing has helped me start to embrace it again. I think my favorite reasons of your list are fresh air and mindfulness. After a day in a windowless office, sitting at a desk, even a stroll on a cold, blustery, gray day feels rejuvenating!

    • LaurenEph Post author

      I love that you found this post encouraging, I hope you do go for more walks! It was really interesting for me to write this post and think about why I like walking and why its good for you. It made me realise that for me it’s actually so much more than walking Milly round the block!

      • Lulu

        I was thinking some more about your love for walking, and it occurred to me that I have a similar reaction to riding my bike. Of course, I do it for fitness and exercise, but there is something about being on my bike that is just fun! It is like being a kid again, and I love the feeling of the breeze on my cheeks and bouncing over the bumps in the road. I am definitely planning on doing some more walking, too, especially as the weather gets better and my Paris trip gets closer!

        • LaurenEph Post author

          Ooh yes I like to ride my bike aswell. Don’t do it very often at all and should do it more but yes there is something very freeing about cycling 🙂

  • laura bruno lilly

    I agree with all of the above! I’ll add that more often than not, it is a time where I have ‘walk-talks’ with my Lord…as it’s easy to get in the rhythm of fresh air, sunshine/rain, my feet tapping the path, looking high in the sky and impromptu talks with the Creator of it all.
    Over the years I have realized this is a real NEED for me, I crave it.

    The past few years we’ve lived in a basically ‘unsafe’ environment to just take spontaneous walks so I’ve learned to adjust – I drive the other side of town to access the area’s only trail system, small but safe! It really is a quality of life issue and I’m surprised at how many areas don’t consider it so. 🙁

    • LaurenEph Post author

      I’m glad you agree Laura! Recently I have come to realise that it’s a need for me too and that it’s a lot more than just taking Milly round the block. It’s good for me as well as her! It is a real quality of life issue but I’m really pleased that you don’t have to drive too far to find somewhere nice to walk.

      • finethanksyou

        Really good! Good on you for organising them. They are so helpful. It’s gives me a real incentive to get out of the house and it’s so nice to meet people who get it. How are you finding it?

  • angelanoelauthor

    I so agree! Even though it’s literally freezing outside, I still want to take a walk and clear my head. The pace of breathing along with the strike of my feet (or right now the CRUNCH on snow) is so calming. Thanks for the post!