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‘Walk to Work’ = ‘Walk Away From Stress and Anxiety?

If you are one of those who find it hard to schedule an hour for exercise daily, then taking walks intermittently would benefit a lot. Walking to the workplace is a good do-to to reach your daily target of steps or calorie burns.

In this fast-paced world, we often forget to admire what’s around us. It’s no more the taps of our feet that take us forward, but the rolls of wheels. And the lightning speed of transportation never gives us a chance to appreciate the light of beauty around us. Reversing to the time where we walked to work, walked to school, walked to get groceries will make us realize the things we miss out on when we skip walks and strolls.

We often go after the hard and complex workout routines while missing out on the simplest yet with great benefits. Walking helps to control body weight, boosts energy levels, and reduces fatigue. Apart from these, it helps you alleviate stress (physical and emotional) of the day and helps in calming your mind.

These are the 6 reasons why ‘walking to work’ works best:

1. Walking to work stretches your muscles and activates your brain into activity mode, making you feel enthusiastic about the day. If your workplace is far away that walking the whole way is impossible, try parking the vehicle at some distance away and walk the rest of the way to the office. Using a staircase instead of elevators is also good. Maybe a walk is a right start you need for a better day at work.

2. Memory ability and attention span is found to increase by 20% among those who take short, enjoyable walks daily, according to the University of Michigan. When you love the environment you walk in, your brain tries to click as many mental shots of the scenery as possible. And this is one of the best exercises to improve memory retention. Next time you feel your memory isn’t helping you with work, take a route of greenery where you can walk to work. You’ll see the change.

3. Walking increases the ‘happy hormone’ of your body- endorphin which is a stress-busting hormone. After the stressful hours at work, walking back home activates endorphin which reduces stress and also alleviates mild depression levels (WebMD). This is experienced more by brisk walkers than slow-paced walkers.

4. The walk to and from work acts as a barrier between your personal and professional life so that you don’t mix up the problems at both places. The walk to work lowers your personal stress and brightens you for the day at work. Similarly, the walk back from work makes you let go of the work stress and look forward to a good time with family at home.

5. One of the best parts of walking is you get to spend some alone time. While walking, the blood flow to your brain increases and thus makes you think more clearly and come up with better solutions to the problems that stress you. Walking is also the best time to reflect and slowly chew your thoughts.

6. Perks of ‘walking to work’: You become a non-polluter, saves fuel and you save a lot of money that’d otherwise be spent on transportation. And it’s also wise to avoid public transportation and other crowded modes of conveyance during the pandemic.

Driving to work has been stereotyped as a symbol of power and wealth for a long period of time. Yes, it does point out how independent one is, but the time for change has come. With rising air pollution, depletion of fuels, and lack of time for physical activity, ‘walk to work’ comes as a sling for three shots in one go. Let the taps of your feet take you forward and not the rolls of your wheels.

Happy Walking!

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