9 Mental Health Benefits of Walking

Walk your way to better with 2 weeks free from 99 Walks

December 4, 2020

We all know that walking is good for us physically, but have you ever considered what it can do for your mind and your mood? A lot. A whole lot.

  1. A 2018 study found that people who exercise (including walking) reported 43% fewer "bad" mental health days
  2. Walking has been shown to improve cognition (thinking) by calming your nerves and your brain, allowing you to think more creatively and solve problems. 
  3. Walking can improve your memory. Just a quick, 10-minute walk has been shown to improve memory and brain function.
  4. Walking can decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia.
  5. Walking can help relieve stress.
  6. Walking has been shown to be a powerful antidepressant for certain clinically depressed adults.
  7. Walking can increase your energy levels, allowing you to feel more accomplished and less tired at the end of each day. 
  8. Walking can help you sleep better. Walking outdoors, especially in the morning, can help your body get in tune with our natural daily rhythms. The activity and daylight can set your internal clock and help you fall asleep faster and sleep better that night.
  9. Walking in nature has additional benefits, including improving mood and reducing anxiety.

Our friends at 99 Walks know a thing or two about just how great walking can be for your physical and mental health. With the 99 Walks virtual challenge, you’ll set a personal walking goal for the month then work toward it alongside thousands of other women, earning a gorgeous bracelet when you crush your goal. You’ll stay motivated with:

  • The 99 Walks tracking app.
  • Walking classes, podcasts and meditation.
  • Daily inspiration.
  • A supportive, positive community to keep you moving and inspired.
  • Monthly rewards for reaching your walking goals. (Did we mention the bracelets?)

Walk your way to better this year. Click HERE to get two weeks free.