Walking & Hiking (1)

   Taking a walk lifts your spirits, but that feeling might go deeper than you though: Becoming active actually helps beat down depression and other mood disorders. “Large epidemiological studies suggest physical activity has a preventive function in mental health problems as well. For some people, working out can be as beneficial as medication and other therapies in treating depression. A lot of people say it clears their minds, relaxes their bodies and re-energizes them. The cardiovascular benefits of walking are biologically plausible; like other forms of regular moderate exercise, walking improves cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness, inflammation, and mental stress. And if cardiac protection and a lower death rate are not enough to get you moving, consider that walking and other moderate exercise programs also help protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, colon cancer, and even erectile dysfunction.