Walking makes me happy and you should feel the same

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You can read about it anywhere these days but here I want to talk about my experience. This way you’ll be able to enjoy a simple story instead of some complicated explanation.

When I leave work each evening I walk home. If I need to use public transport I make sure that I get off sooner in order to walk for at least 20-30minutes.

ODD and sad FACT

Guess what happens once I get home. I’m happy and have a smile on my face. This occurs 95% of the times. Of course once in a while you have really bad days that you can’t overcome with ease but those are pretty rare.

The reality is that 95% of the time your day is just normal. But this quickly can turn into an issue when instead of being happy 95% and sad just 5%, you end up being happy 10%, grumpy 85% and sad 5%.

You can easily reverse that 85% into positive feelings just by exercising. Playing tennis, jogging and even swimming can be great options. But unfortunately all these take a lot of time and people procrastinate.

If you don’t have time to meet your friends for soccer or go swimming, be sure to include a walking session of about 20-30 minutes at the end of your day.

This is very simple to do and yet so powerful.

WALKING IS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN

This is where everything starts anyway and that’s why we fell so much better after a long or even short walk. That’s why it’s highly recommended to older people for example. Regular walks lead to an overall balance which is usually affected with age and lack of activity.

But you don’t have to be old to walk. It’s normal to get tired after a whole day at work. Your brain is exhausted and so are you. Instead of rushing home where you probably have kids or other worries, take a moment to clear your brain.

When you walk or exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These interact with the receptors in your brain and reduce your perception of pain.

Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body.

CONCLUSION

You don’t need a complicated form of physical exercise to transform that 85% grumpiness into happiness. Walking can do that for you and almost anyone can do it.

This simple exercise reduces stress, the level of anxiety, feelings of depression and even improves your sleep.