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Mental Health and Walking

While walking boasts a number of physical benefits, it also can give the brain mental boosts as well. As reported in the Huffington Post in March, the emotional benefits of exercise include less anxiety and depression, improved sleep and slowing mental decline.

"Ever hit the hay after a long run or weight session at the gym? For some, a moderate workout can be the equivalent of a sleeping pill, even for people with insomnia. Moving around five to six hours before bedtime raises the body's signals the body that it's time to sleep."

Many physicians recommend adding exercise as a natural treatment to relieve depression. Since the cause of depression is related to brain chemistry, by getting your brain to release more endorphins you achieve naturally what many prescription drugs and herbs try to do artificially.

"Quick Q&A: Which is better at relieving anxiety -- a warm bubble bath or a 20-minute jog? You might be surprised at the answer. The warm and fuzzy chemicals that are released during and after exercise can help people with anxiety sensitivity."

Read more about the positive effects of walking on mental health here.