Get moving: How an evening walk can boost your physical and mental health

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Why you should include evening walks in your routine? (Image via pexels / rf studio)
Why you should include evening walks in your routine? (Image via pexels / rf studio)

You get lots of great health benefits from an evening walk. It's a low-impact exercise that requires little effort, and it doesn't require any special equipment either. Walking is also a fun activity that you can do with family or friends, so you don't feel like you're spending all your time working out. If you're looking for an easy way to improve your health and well-being, try evening walk for at least 30 minutes every day!


Benefits of Evening Walk

1) Clear your head

You know the feeling: You're getting ready to leave the office and your mind is racing with all of the things you need to do before tomorrow. It's hard to stop thinking about work, even when you're desperately trying not to. But an evening walk can help clear your head and give you some much-needed perspective on how best to tackle those tasks come morning.

helps in clearing your head. (Image via unsplash / Nik Shuliahnin)
helps in clearing your head. (Image via unsplash / Nik Shuliahnin)

Evening walks may appear counterintuitive when it comes to more strenuous exercise such as running or cycling. However, there are many studies that suggest these activities are better at relieving stress than walking alone.


2) Improves Cardiovascular Health

Walking is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise, which means it's great for your heart and lungs. Going for a brisk walk in the evening can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It can also improve your circulation, which can lead to a variety of health benefits, including better skin health and improved immune function.

Reduces the risk of chronic illness. (Image via unsplash / arek adeoye)
Reduces the risk of chronic illness. (Image via unsplash / arek adeoye)

3) Improve your mood

Evening walk is a great way to boost your mood and relax. Research shows that exercise releases endorphins, which can make you feel happier for a short time after working out. Plus, walking helps you sleep better at night, which means that you'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead!

Fitness trackers or apps like Fitbit can help motivate you by keeping track of how many steps per day (or week) that you take--which may encourage more movement throughout the day if it's something important enough for them to measure their progress against others in their social circle.


boosts your mood. (Image via unsplash / brooke cagle)
boosts your mood. (Image via unsplash / brooke cagle)

4) Reduce anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, but it can be debilitating when it's excessive and out of proportion to the situation at hand. Evening walk has been shown to help reduce anxiety by increasing serotonin levels in the brain and reducing cortisol production (cortisol is a hormone produced in response to stress).

Exercise also helps you sleep better because it relaxes your body and mind before bedtime. You're better able to fall asleep faster than if you were sitting around watching TV or playing video games all evening. In addition, exercise improves mood overall by releasing endorphins into the bloodstream.


helps in improving your sleep. (Image via unsplash / bruce mars)
helps in improving your sleep. (Image via unsplash / bruce mars)

5) Get a better night's sleep

You know how it's often said that exercise can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer? Well, it's true. A recent study found that people who walked briskly before bed slept better than those who did not.

In addition to helping you get sleep, evening walk is also linked to better overall sleep quality.


Why walking is good for you?

Walking is also a great way to help you sleep better at night so that you wake up feeling refreshed and energized the next day. It's also been shown to boost your mood by releasing endorphins in your brain that make you feel happier.

If weight loss has been on your mind lately, evening walk is one of the best ways for beginners to get started with exercise because it doesn't require any equipment or special skills, all it takes is to put one foot in front of another!

Improves your mental health. (Image via unsplash / joice kelly)
Improves your mental health. (Image via unsplash / joice kelly)

And even if weight loss isn't a top priority right now, there are plenty of other health benefits by using these walking strategies. Connecting with nature brings joy into our lives; meeting new people helps foster social connections; staying active helps prevent disease; spending time outdoors reduces stress levels...the list goes on!

Edited by Babylona Bora