Walking to Reduce Stress
When you're in a tense or anger-inducing situation, taking a walk can calm your mind -- because it calms your body.
Walking reduces stress in the body in several ways:
- It helps to eliminate stress hormones (such as adrenaline) from your body.
- It reduces tension in several large muscle groups -- the glutes (buttocks), the quads (front of thighs) and hamstrings (back of thighs).
- It increases the production of beta-endorphins, which are thought to calm the body and promote restful sleep.