Life is stressful, but as a father, it takes it to a whole new level. The pressure from work, the kids and not to mention the wife. I often go for a walk when I feel stress building up.
Walking is a form of exercise, which it raises the heart rate and breathing. This helps oxygen and blood travel quicker around the body, including the brain. This fresh blood supply to the brain helps the body feel more energised.
A fresh supply of oxygen to the body plus a release of endorphins helps boost my mood. Endorphins are known to reduce stress, improve mood and even relieve pain.
Walking like most exercises helps strengthen the bones, muscles and improve muscle endurance. Especially the lower body, which in turn improves stability and balance. The cardiovascular system is another place which greatly benefits from walking.
As I spend most of my time indoors, I sometimes start the day going outdoors and feeling the wind on my face. By doing this, I allow myself to connect to my surroundings. Which helps me to relax, promoting creative inspiration. Walking is a free way to help boost my creativity, and what better way to start your day with a refreshed mind and body.
If not at the start of the day, a short walk at times helps me to overcome burnout or prevent it from happening. It’s surprising how a short walk helps relieve stress and recharges my brain.