by Surela Chakraborthy
Fitness gadgets motivate us to walk and stay fit.
But does fitness just mean physical health?
Well, in actuality, staying fit also implies a stress-free mind that’s unfettered by depression.
Max Bupa has conducted a health survey to find out the link between walking and depression. This survey was carried out in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur. The results showed how regular walking improved mental health in 97% of Indians.
The findings of this health survey also reveal that walking reduces stress and hypertension across age groups. Now you know why you feel so positive and charged after a long walk!
Not Walking Is Not A Good Idea
The survey also points out that those who don't walk regularly are more prone to depression and stress.
Those who suffer from depression report that they forget their worries when they’re walking. It gives them a chance to introspect and take a break from the monotony of life.
Walking outdoors will also give you a chance to meet people and interact with them. This automatically improves your mood. Nearly 20% of citizens felt that socialising while walking helped them deal with depression in a better manner while 21% of elderly people reported that walking made them self-reliant.
Most of us have to balance our professional and personal lives throughout the week. And on the weekends, we feel too lazy to go out for a walk. There’s hardly any time to walk and even if some of us do have time, we find walking boring. These are the barriers that prevent us from walking regularly.
But if walking improves your work-life balance and helps you to stay stress-free, then you’d probably try to find time to walk, right?
Here Are Some Benefits Of Walking
Improves productivity at work
Increases energy levels
Reduces blood sugar levels
Keeps knees and joints fit in elderly citizens
Many use fitness gadgets to keep track of the calories they burn and these tangible results often motivate them to walk more often.
It’s important to find time to walk even during the week. If you take a walk in the park early in the morning and breathe in the fresh air, you’ll stay positive throughout the day. Walking just improves your quality of life.
Anika Agarwal, Head of Marketing at Max Bupa, hopes that more and more people understand the importance of walking for a healthier and more successful life.
Those who suffer from depression should make it a point to walk since there’s no better antidepressant than walking. Those tiny steps that you take today pave the way for a healthier future.
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