Walking benefits your brain power, improves your mood and helps to ward off depression, and think more clearly.
Don’t just take my word for it, here’s a brain scientist – John Medina author of “Brain Rules”.
Walking, increases the blood flow to the brain. A 1999 study of people over age 60 found that walking 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace improved thinking skills. The participants started at 15 minutes of walking and built up their time and speed. The result was that the same people were mentally sharper after taking up this walking program.
A study published in September 2008 found improved memory scores and reduced dementia scores in people with mild cognitive impairment who were part of a 24-week home-based exercise program. The participants used walking as their chosen exercise and were encouraged to walk for 50 minutes, three times a week.
Walking energises the brain by switching off the default mode network. This is the part of your brain involved in self-referencing and episodic memory. In other words we give our brain a rest from thinking and analysing all the thoughts and feelings going on in our busy and often stressful lives.
Walking starts to attune us into the surroundings in a more relaxed way. It changes the frames of reference we have to ourselves and our lives giving us a different more creative and sometimes spiritual perspective.
Walking gives you an important mental break from your normal distractions and preoccupations and stimulates creativity and heightened awareness.
I am Ian Banyard and I run Life Guiding Walks in the Cotswolds designed to help you tap into the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health benefits of walking mindfully in nature.
If you would like to learn more and try this out for yourself, join us on our next walk visit www.cotswoldnaturalmindfulness.uk for details.
…enjoy the journey!
Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. He is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey, to guide others.
Ian lives in Gloucestershire, UK where he guides Natural Mindfulness Walks and provides coaching, courses, gatherings and retreats, for others who want to deepen their connection with nature and their true nature.
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