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Walking 10 minutes a day can improve your mood

Turn 10 mins walk into 10 mins exerciseWalking for just 10 minutes a day could boost your mood and help banish those January blues.

Walking not only induces positive emotions, it can also help towards maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and also preventing and managing various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The walking pace doesn’t need to be intense either to make you feel happy and it’s the perfect activity to get out and about to enjoy the local surroundings. The Active 10 app can be used to track how fast and long you’ve walked, and can give you goals to work toward.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, a local GP and Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCGs, said: “Walking is a simple, inexpensive way to improve your mood and help reduce waistlines after the festive period for the New Year.

“Just 10 minutes of walking a day is achievable, depending on your physical capabilities. Whether it is using the stairs instead of the lift, going for a walk at lunchtime or even parking a bit further away than normal, it will all add up at the end of the day.

“Next time you are feeling low, or in need of inspiration, why not put on some sensible shoes, head on outside for a 10-minute walk alone or with family or friends.”

To find out more information about walking for your health, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx

To download the Active 10 app, visit the App Store or Google Play from your smartphone.

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