5 Ways Walking In Nature Makes You Function Better At Life
There’s nothing earth-shattering or revolutionary about walking. We do it every day (but probably not enough). And, like breathing, most of us pay no attention to the manner in which we walk.
But doctors and health professionals alike have outlined many ways in which walking is beneficial to our health. When you consider that globally, people sit an average of 7.7 hours a day, any steps we take become all the more important.
And as beneficial as any form of walking is…around the block, on a treadmill, or in the mall…walking in nature has been found to provide some incredible health benefits – both mental and physical.
1. Improve Mood
Walking in nature, as opposed to walking on concrete and in cities, has been shown to dramatically enhance people’s moods and increase one’s positive thoughts.
The results in a Stanford study on walking in nature “strongly suggest” that getting out into natural environments could be an easy and almost immediate way to improve moods for city dwellers
2. Puts You in a Meditative State
A study published on the US National Library of Health’s website suggests that walking in nature can put you into a meditative state due to the calm quietness of your seclusion.
3. Calms the Nerves
Often, the first step to soothing your nerves can be removing yourself from stressful situations and surroundings. The peacefulness of nature is an unparalleled antidote to a toxic environment and a way to add some serenity to your life.
4. Boosts Creativity
Many GREAT minds in history attest to the benefits walking had on their creativity.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Nietzsche
“If you seek creative ideas, go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond I. Myers
And they’re not wrong. Dr. Sowden of the School of Psychology the University of Surrey recently said, “Walking has been shown to improve our ability to shift between modes of thought, and to improve our attention, memory and recovery from mental fatigue, all of which are important for thinking creatively.”
If all these reasons benefits weren’t enough to get you out into nature and to go for a walk, surely the liberty that comes with leaving your phone off home and connecting with nature will appeal to you. Imagine…an hour with no blinking lights, vibrating pockets and mindless scrolling.