Walk Towards Mental Harmony
– Yumna Sadiq Hayat
Walking is so easy that we have been doing it since we were 12 months old…if you achieved your developmental milestones on time, that is. What is so great about this activity that almost everybody seems to encourage walking for a healthier lifestyle? First, let us talk about the obvious reasons.
It is easy. Can’t seem to lift yourself off of the floor? No, problem, just walk. Can’t seem to bear putting weight on your knees, in a half seated position? No problem, just walk. Can’t seem to bend yourself into being the human equivalent of a triangle? No problem, just walk. Can’t seem to get yourself into a pool of water because hydrophobia is a very real, very serious thing? No problem, just walk. If you are looking to get into shape, walking is a great option. Just be mindful of wearing the right footwear. And no, bathroom slippers do not qualify as the right footwear for walking.
Do you ever wonder if you could give your heart something other than heartburn or clogged arteries? Now you can. Walking for just 30 minutes per day can do your heart a lot of good. And if you add another 30 minutes to it, life expectancy may increase for some people by two hours!
Now, let us talk about some mental health benefits you can derive from walking. While for some people, retail therapy may be the only cardio needed to beat stress, not everybody can afford that. If looking at your wallet makes you tear up and you are looking for a cheap way to get some stress relief, just go out for a walk. Exercise increases the concentration levels of norepinephrine, a chemical substance responsible for the way your brain responds to stress.
Brisk Walking→ Sweat → Concentrated norepinephrine →Less Issues than Vogue → Towards Mental Harmony
One of the unwanted effects of socializing is that sometimes, people can be annoying. They meddle into your affairs, make things difficult for you and inspire your psycho-killer-tendencies. If people in particular or life in general is getting you down in the dumps, go out for a walk. Walking releases endorphins – a chemical substance that triggers a positive feeling in the body and reduces our perception of pan. Come to think of it, it can help calm down your murderous rage, by creating feelings of happiness and euphoria. Research suggests that for some people, exercise may be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression, counting the scenery you might come across while walking…
Working out is great for your memory too. If one of your aims in life is to see yourself as a 70 year old Grandma narrating stories from your past to your grandchildren, might I suggest that you start walking. Working out can boost chemical in the brain which can stop your hippocampus from degenerating. Hippocampus is that part of the brain which is associated with memory and learning. So, if you want to remember what your arch nemesis wore to that one party where she cracked jokes and nobody laughed at them, you should walk. Moreover its almost inexpensive as compared to the therapist’s fee.
If you are still looking for more reasons to start walking, get your friend to join in with you. Walking along with one of your friends, gives you yet another platform to indulge in some gossip, to talk about random stuff, or to discuss the nature and course of the current economic crisis…if your friend is into that kind of stuff.