By now, we are aware that taking a walk is good for health. Those who walk on a regular basis usually are calmer, more alert and happier than those who embrace an inactive lifestyle.
Although the relationship between long-term walking and emotions have been examined extensively but you could hardly find any study to indicate how it influences your mood day-to-day or hour-by-hour.
I checked out one study a few days ago about how taking a walk during the lunch hour can beat stress. I wondered why not many men participated in this study as most of the participants were middle aged women. Either the men were too busy or they felt walking was not going to have any effect on their moods.
The test was very simple. The volunteers were required to take a 30-minute stroll during their usual lunch time. They did 3 times a week.
After the study was completed, the walkers had better mood than those who did not walk. Their enthusiasm and relaxation improved while their stress level dropped.
From the practical point of view, it may not work for some people. What happen if you have to work during lunch hour? I feel that to get walking program to work, the company has an important role to play too. This study may miss out one important thing. The researchers did not measure the volunteers’ productivity. But with better moods, I guess you can produce better at work. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Article Credit: UnitedHealthCare