The benefits of taking a walk

You like it simple but effective? - Then keep reading, because today I want to explain to you the benefits of walking in the evening.


For the body

The dynamic movements of a walk move and mobilize almost all of the joints in your body. The muscles are gently stressed and thus strengthened at a low intensity. A walk can provide relief from acute back pain, for example – especially when we spend hours sitting in the same position.


In addition to the movement throughout the body, the leg and buttock muscles are strengthened in particular. The intensity and thus the effectiveness can be increased by hilly terrain.


Furthermore, the cardiovascular system is stimulated. This can help in the prevention of folk diseases especially, such as hypertension. Moreover, the additional movement leads to a higher energy expenditure, which can help with weight reduction.


For the mind

The low intensity of a walk reduces stress hormones. In this regard, the hormone cortisol is particularly noteworthy. It can prevent the release of the sleep hormone melatonin and thus have a negative impact on achieving the regenerative deep sleep phases. As a result, one can sleep deeper and better after a quiet walk. Regeneration is not limited to the muscles though and affects every cell of our body. Thus, restful sleep is a significant factor for a strong immune system for example.


In addition, a walk in the forest has a particularly mood-lifting effect. This is because trees communicate with each other with the hormone serotonin, which is one of the “happiness hormones” in our body. This can be absorbed by our body during a walk.


Have fun trying it out and benefiting from taking a walk!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

Yours, Katharina


katharina.behr@iniciofitness.ch


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