Walking in Nature

Posted by | 05-09-2018

A Walk in Nature is its Own Form of Therapy

We all know the mental and physical benefits of exercise, but the gym doesn’t compare to the great outdoors. Walking in nature has been proven to alter the blood flow and activity in your brain, reducing stress and anxiety.

Poor arch support, injury, or biomechanical issues can make it difficult to exercise. Orthotics and foot care treatments help you to improve mobility so that you can strengthen your body and mind.

In Physiomed’s newest infographic, “How Walking in Nature Actually Changes Our Brains … for the Better,” we highlight the mental and physical benefits of this activity.

The Mental and Physical Benefits

Walking in nature can benefit your overall health.

Walking reduces sugar cravings, lowers the risk of breast cancer, provides arthritis and joint pain relief, and helps you live longer. Consumption of sugary foods regularly, leads to diabetes. Walking a few miles a day can save you the time spent later for looking around for type 2-diabetes treatment & cardiovascular disease treatment centres around the city if you were to be diagnosed with these life-threatening chronic ailments. When you walk in nature, you’re giving your immune system a boost and assisting your body in building anti-cancer cells.

This form of exercise can help you to not only live healthier but also happier. Walking has also been found to be one of the most cost-effective methods for weight control. Why not save some bucks rather than paying for those weight-reduction supplements?

A Stanford study found that walking in nature can decrease blood flow to your subgenual prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain often linked to mental illness. Participants who walk in nature saw a decrease in negative thoughts and improvements in cognitive function. In fact, the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that just 20 minutes spent in nature can lead to a 13.4% drop in cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone.

Nature Walks for City Dwellers

With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, many people find it difficult to participate in nature walks.

City-dwellers often experience increased stress, anxiety and depression, which can be alleviated through naturopathy treatment Toronto – and chronic stress can contribute to a slew of other health problems. However, this doesn’t mean people living in rural areas are happier.

Simply walking through a city isn’t the solution. Walking in nature offers significantly more mental, neurological and physical benefits compared to urban walking, according to recent research. The goal is to make time to be in nature, regardless of where you live.

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Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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