A recent study by a Southern California university professor shows that the more people walk each day, the more energetic they feel and the better their mood.
This early research relative with advantage of physical and psychological bass:
“People seem to be interested in walking as a health benefit, but here, we’re seeing it’s not just cardiovascular health and other kinds of physical health that are important, but psychological health as well,” explained Robert Thayer, a professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. “The more a person walks has a very real and immediate psychological effect that an individual can experience every day.”
“We found that there was a clear and strong relationship between the number of steps they took and their overall mood and energy level,” said Thayer, author of Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise.
“It really indicates that we’re talking about a wider phenomenon here than just ‘walk more, feel more energy.’ We’re talking about ‘walk more, be happier, have higher self-esteem, be more into your diet and the nutritiousness of your diet.’ “
“In this whole series of studies that we’ve done, the more you walk in a day, the more energy you experience,” Thayer noted. “That’s a little counter-intuitive because you would think that when you expend energy, you would not feel as energetic afterwards. But, it turns out that it produces more energy.”
“The amount of walking each day predicted a wide variety of positive psychological conditions,” Thayer said. “Specifically the correlations between the number of steps and self-ratings indicated that when our participants walked more, they rated their diet as more nutritious. They also rated more highly their health, energy, overall mood, happiness and self-esteem, in that order.”