Do you ever wonder why you wake up feeling depressed and low on energy?
One reason given by medical professionals is a chemical imbalance in the brain. The general cause of action is for your doctor to prescribe anti-depressants that help to make you feel better.
Except most anti-depressants don’t work for most people. They just make you addicted to taking legal drugs.
Fortunately, there is a natural way to balance chemicals in the brain. A growing number of studies show that light to moderate exercise helps to reduce stress hormones and stimulates the brain to release endorphins.
Brisk Walking Releases Endorphins
Exercise makes you breathe more deeply, stimulates your heart to beat faster and release endorphins in the brain. The result is improved self-esteem and reduce stress.
Endorphins are natural painkillers. They diminish the perception of pain and give you a ‘feel-good’ factor that has been likened to a dose of morphine. In other words, endorphins are better than any anti-depressant your physician can give you.
Exercising four or five times a week will increase your energy levels and improve your overall mood. Brisk walking comes highly recommended because it’s an easy entry-level exercise.
Because you can go brisk walking in the park, there are no monthly overhead costs. All you need is a pair of comfortable running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Most people have the equipment already.
Brisk walking also has numerous health benefits including reduced cholesterol, lower heart rate and enhanced cognitive performance. It also helps you to lose weight and manage obesity.
In addition, fitness walking puts less strain on your joints compared to running and contact sports.
Brisk Walking Lowers Stress Hormones
Another reason for feeling low is stress. When your body is pumped with stress hormones your body becomes taut and fixed in a state of chronic preparedness.
This naturally makes you feel exhausted when you wake up after the body has had time to rest. But most people are straight back into the grind of everyday life – so the stress hormones kick in again.
Chronic stress invites all manner of illnesses including cancer, dementia, heart failure, diabetes and more.
Brisk walking helps to reduce stress by stimulating the heart and lungs. This gets more oxygen to the brain and body and helps you to feel more relaxed. This pulls the body away from the fight-or-flight mode into the rest-and-relax mode.
Physicians recommend walking two or three times a week to begin with. This will help you ease your way into a fitness program without putting too much strain on your body.
Once you notice the benefits of brisk walking, it will be easier to integrate into your daily routine on most days – if not every day. You have to walk somewhere practically every day, so why not pick up the pace. Researchers have found that fast walkers live longer.
If you’re going to live longer, you’ll want to feel better too!
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