After a stressful day at work a good way to wind down and chill out is to go for a walk. You may prefer the idea of spending your evening wiling away the time watching television or playing computer games, but this doesn’t mean you can’t go for a walk as well. Walking can benefit your physical and mental well-being whatever time of day you do it, but making an effort to go for a walk in the evening can help you relax in time for bed so that you don’t struggle to get to sleep. It therefore makes sense to make an evening walk part of your routine.
You could always decide to walk to and from work rather than driving there or you could take over dog-walking duties in the evening; you could even just go for a wander by yourself or with your partner. The main thing is to get walking. There are plenty of different routes to choose from and walking is a pretty simple activity that doesn’t require a great deal of fitness to get started with. You can walk alone to clear your head or with friends and family so you can share your thoughts.
Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that strengthens your bones, reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis and because it is a cardiovascular exercise you will be strengthening your heart and lungs as well. Unsurprisingly, then, deciding to walk on a regular basis can reduce your chances of developing heart disease and suffering a stroke; you are also less likely to develop cancer and diabetes.
By walking regularly you will also be in a better position to manage your weight, as although walking may not burn as many calories as running for the same amount of time does, the fact that walking isn’t as high impact means you can do it for longer, thus potentially enabling you to burn a greater number of calories. Walking in the evening can therefore enable you to overindulge occasionally without worrying about weight gain.
An evening walk will also leave you feeling more positive, since the fresh air does you good and your body responds to physical activity by releasing chemicals that boost your mood. Walking can leave you feeling less stressed and anxious, clearing your mind of all worries, meaning you are able to enjoy the rest of your evening without constantly thinking about your problems.
There are many benefits of going for an evening walk, which you can only fully appreciate by getting up and going outside for a stroll.