6 benefits of walking for a healthy mind and body


Walking remains one of the simplest and most accessible forms of exercise for many of us. However, in a world of high intensity workouts, gym memberships and sport, the benefits of walking can be overlooked.

Walking, albeit a simple exercise format offers such a wide variety of benefits for the body and mind.

Physical health

For many, walking is a daily act of exercise both conscious and unconscious. As a low impact exercise, it is a perfect match for almost everyone regardless of age or fitness. Walking like other forms of lower intensity exercise improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system, keeping the heart and lungs strong and healthy. Walking improves circulation, particularly important to us as we age. Not only that, but walking has been linked to a reduction in risk of chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. In addition, walking improves balance and coordination, strengthens muscles and improves joint health.

Mental wellbeing

Not only does walking provide us with a range of physical health benefits, but walking is also a powerful tool for supporting our mental wellbeing. Have you noticed that often going for a stroll and lift your mood? It is no coincidence with studies demonstrating that walking can alleviate stress, anxiety and help manage symptoms of depression. The benefits of walking are enhanced by exposure to the outdoors and nature, helping to allowing relaxation, enhancing mood, self-esteem and additionally our cognitive function. A short 10-minute burst can increase our mental alertness, energy, and mood, so often with walking it is a case of something rather than nothing at all.

Improved sleep

Regular physical activity, such as walking, has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration. By expending energy during the day, walking helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle and promotes a deeper, more restful sleep at night. Incorporating a brisk walk into your daily routine can lead to better overall sleep hygiene and increased daytime alertness. Better sleep also helps us manager out hunger better, supporting efforts to maintain a healthy weight.


Studies have consistently shown that regular exercise, including walking, is associated with increased longevity. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce the risk of premature death and improve overall life expectancy.

Manage chronic conditions

As mentioned, walking can help assist in the prevention of a wide range of common diseases. Additionally, regular walking can improve the management of sufferers of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and joint pain.

Boost creativity

Walking has been found to stimulate creativity and enhance problem-solving skills. Taking a break to get outside can allow the mind to wander freely and sometimes often fresh insight and perspective. Sometimes a walk is just what you need when you are stuck on an idea!

As we’ve seen, walking is more than just a stroll to the shops or a commute to the office. The benefits extend in both preventing disease, managing conditions, and supporting our mental wellbeing. So, lace up your trainers and embrace the benefits of walking a little every day if you can. If you have concerns about your health or ability to take up or increase your walking, our Corporate Healthcare Trust members can contact our virtual GP service who will be able to provide you with the support you need. Contact enquiries@healix.com to learn more about accessing the service. 

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