Many of us have jobs that require we sit in front of a computer most of the day. Sitting for long periods of time can, itself, be bad for you and may lead to some health issues. Many of us also have considerable amounts of stress in our lives, and unmanaged stress can lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
One of best ways to get away from the computer and reduce the stress in your life is by taking a walk! Taking a brisk walk – or jogging – calms you down by sparking nerve cells in the brain that relax the senses (read more about one scientific study that explores how walking affects the brain).
Though any walking anywhere is good for you, walking in nature has been proven to be even better at reducing stress and improving your health. Plants release the chemicals phytoncides, which protects plants from insects and rotting. When humans breathe in phytoncides, there may be an increase in the number of “natural killer” cells, which are part of a person’s immune response. Walking in nature may also increase white blood cells, and lower the pulse rate, blood pressure, and the stress hormone cortisol.
We here at Barrister Executive Suites have a number of locations that include easy access to natural habitats that are perfect for walking. Some of our locations are next to the beach and others are near the mountains.
Take a STEP towards better health today!