Advice
|20 Mar|4 mins

Walking Impacts Your Endorphins More Than You Think

A little step goes a long way
THE ICONIC
20 Mar
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You can sniff lavender, eat chillies, take ginseng or go to laughter yoga, but this is the real way to get high. When it comes to being active, the word ‘endorphins’ gets thrown around a lot, but do we really understand what they are and what they’re up to?

Your body’s natural painkillers, endorphins interact with receptors in the ‘reward system’ of your brain, giving you a feel-good effect that’s considered a natural high. In other words, exercise causes ‘stress’ to your body, which copes by balancing it out with a euphoric feeling. No wonder you feel great after you exercise.

Sure, a fast-paced, vigorous workout can give you a buzz, but it can be quite aggressive on the body and the after effects can be short lived. So why not take things slow? Getting the feel-good effect is easier than you think — boosting your endorphins doesn’t have to mean a hardcore PT session at the gym. Just lace up those sneakers and walk to your favourite spot.

As an easy to achieve, cardio exercise, a brisk walk can raise your endorphin levels in an instant, in turn reducing anxiety and stress, boosting mood and even self-esteem. Pretty impressive pros, don’tcha think?

If you want to be gentle on your joints or are easing back into action after an injury, getting your heart rate up with a walk is the ideal activity. It’s something you can do seven days a week, anywhere and with very little equipment needed. Invest in a pair of supportive and specifically designed shoes to ensure comfort so you can go the distance.

The best part is, you don’t need to set aside hours out of your routine to go for a walk. As little as 30 minutes a day allows you to safely lose extra kgs while building lean muscles and strengthening your bones. An effective way to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, walking has also been known to reduce the risk of diabetes.

It’s not only your health that can benefit from a brisk walk, it can improve your productivity too. Studies show that people who walk while thinking of ideas come up with more (often twice as many) concepts as those who were stationary.

So make incidental exercise a part of your routine. Why not walk to work so you feel alert once you get there and help your brain get going in the morning. Do it as part of THE ICONIC SPORT Challenge from Puma and get rewarded for moving.

Advice
|20 Mar|4 mins

Walking Impacts Your Endorphins More Than You Think

A little step goes a long way
THE ICONIC
20 Mar
Share:

You can sniff lavender, eat chillies, take ginseng or go to laughter yoga, but this is the real way to get high. When it comes to being active, the word ‘endorphins’ gets thrown around a lot, but do we really understand what they are and what they’re up to?

Your body’s natural painkillers, endorphins interact with receptors in the ‘reward system’ of your brain, giving you a feel-good effect that’s considered a natural high. In other words, exercise causes ‘stress’ to your body, which copes by balancing it out with a euphoric feeling. No wonder you feel great after you exercise.

Sure, a fast-paced, vigorous workout can give you a buzz, but it can be quite aggressive on the body and the after effects can be short lived. So why not take things slow? Getting the feel-good effect is easier than you think — boosting your endorphins doesn’t have to mean a hardcore PT session at the gym. Just lace up those sneakers and walk to your favourite spot.

As an easy to achieve, cardio exercise, a brisk walk can raise your endorphin levels in an instant, in turn reducing anxiety and stress, boosting mood and even self-esteem. Pretty impressive pros, don’tcha think?

If you want to be gentle on your joints or are easing back into action after an injury, getting your heart rate up with a walk is the ideal activity. It’s something you can do seven days a week, anywhere and with very little equipment needed. Invest in a pair of supportive and specifically designed shoes to ensure comfort so you can go the distance.

The best part is, you don’t need to set aside hours out of your routine to go for a walk. As little as 30 minutes a day allows you to safely lose extra kgs while building lean muscles and strengthening your bones. An effective way to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, walking has also been known to reduce the risk of diabetes.

It’s not only your health that can benefit from a brisk walk, it can improve your productivity too. Studies show that people who walk while thinking of ideas come up with more (often twice as many) concepts as those who were stationary.

So make incidental exercise a part of your routine. Why not walk to work so you feel alert once you get there and help your brain get going in the morning. Do it as part of THE ICONIC SPORT Challenge from Puma and get rewarded for moving.

Find your walking wardrobe with new sportswear from Puma.

Find your walking wardrobe with new sportswear from Puma.

THE ICONIC
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