Walk away the January blues and literally step into the New Year as evidence suggests walking 10 minutes a day can boost your mood to help brighten the January month.
The research also showed that the positive effects were achieved without the usual happiness factors, such as sunshine, meeting people while out walking and strolling to the beat of music.
Walking not only induces positive emotions, it can help towards maintaining a healthy weight, strengthen bones and muscles and also prevent and manage various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The walking pace doesn’t need to be intense either to feel the happy benefits making it the perfect activity to get out and about to enjoy the local surroundings. The Active 10 app can be used to track how fast and long you’ve walked, and can give you goals to work toward.
Dr Deryth Stevens Clinical Chair of NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“Walking is a simple, inexpensive way to improve your mood and help reduce waistlines after the festive period for the New Year.
“Just 10 minutes of walking a day is achievable, depending on your physical capabilities. Whether it is using the stairs instead of the lift, going for a walk at lunchtime or even parking a bit further away than normal will all add up at the end of the day.
“Next time you are feeling low, or in need of inspiration, why not put on some sensible shoes, head on outside for a 10 minute walk alone or with family or friends and enjoy the changing season!”
To find out more information about walking for your health, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx
To download the Active 10 app, visit the App Store or Google Play from your smartphone.