Most people wonder why health practitioners and physicians recommend regular body exercise. What they do not know is that, exercise is not all about muscle building and aerobic capacity. Although regular body exercise does improve one’s physical health, add a few years of life, improve sex drive and trim the waistline, it also gives one a sense of well-being. People who exercise regularly enjoy more quality sleep, feel energetic and feel more relaxed each day. In addition to this, regular body exercise does help boosts one’s qi, which is the reason why it is an effective remedy for people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress.
Walking is one of the easiest and most recommended method of relieving depression. How does this help contain, or manage depression, you may ask. Discussed below are some of the benefits of walking to contain depression and anxiety.
1. Improves blood flow
Lack of body exercise, or inactivity, leads to reduced blood flow, meaning vital organs such as the brain. This means the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen and nutrient supply, thus leading to amplified stress levels. Walking at least 3 times in a week however helps boost blood circulation meaning the brain and lungs get enough nutrients and oxygen. As long as these vital components are availed to brain cells, it then then becomes much easier for the brain to manage stressing factors.
2. Improved self-esteem
Low self-esteem is a major factor that triggers amplified depression and anxiety. Research also shows that, lack of physical activity does contribute to low self-esteem, a factor that can be contained by taking a few minutes to walk every day. One of the main advantages of walking is that, even seniors can take part for a healthier body. When we walk, the body releases endorphins, a chemical that interacts with brain receptor to reduce pain perception. As mentioned above, people who exercise regularly have a higher pain threshold as compared to those who live a rather dormant life.
3. Reduces pain perception
Stress and depression are commonly triggered by low pain thresholds due to lack of, or reduced endorphin production in the body. As mentioned above, waking increases the body’s capacity to produce these pain receptor inhibitors. With increased production of endorphins, the brains capacity to take on depressing factors is enhanced, which means you can take on factors that were putting you down before. You don’t need to walk long distances to tap into its full potential. A 30-minute walk in the park or walking to work every day does the trick pretty well.
They are produced when we exercise are sedatives as well: Most people take on pain killers and sedatives to relieve pain and help them contain stressing factors. Depression can lead to serious headaches and migraines that can be debilitating. Instead of taking pain killers, just go for a few minutes’ walk in the park or to window-shop for groceries. This should distract your mind with other activities thus make it possible to contain the depressing factors, as well as help increase endorphin production in the body. Many people turn to emotional eating when depressed. This only makes the condition worse as you only start growing bigger and fatter, thus making it almost impossible for the body to contain stressing factors.
From the points outlined above, it is evident that walking alone can help you contain and manage stress. Your body will not only be much healthier, but also capable of containing stressing factors thus containing depression. You however should take on other positive lifestyle changes to live a healthy life as well. Eating healthy, walking, jogging or even swimming are good for your body and brain power. Try them today.