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Walking has profound physical and psychological benefits.

You don’t have to look far to see a list of the physical benefits of walking.

Various researchers and writers suggest that these benefits include strengthening of your bones, muscles and heart.  There are clear benefits in terms of weight loss.

Walking stimulates your body’s systems to make them more effective – your cardiovascular, immune and respiratory systems.

Research has also shown that walking can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, strokes, bowel cancer and diabetes.

Walking has great psychological benefits not the least of these being that it gives you a lift, strengthens positive thinking and helps ward off depression.

Besides, it can build your self-confidence, stamina and energy while reducing negative thinking and clearing your mind.  It can enable you to develop new ideas and perspectives, gain new insights and plan your day.

How often does the solution to a managerial problem lie in front of you and yet you can’t see it because of the busyness of your day? We don’t take time out to think and reflect and, as a result, we frequently overlook the obvious.

The simple act of going for a regular walk can bring exponential benefits.  If you walk, you feel energized, are motivated to eat better, lose weight and feel better about yourself.   The benefits increase over time with consistency and persistence.  This resilience, in turn, flows over to your daily management activity and your home life.  Your overall well-being and “can do” attitude impacts positively on people around you, both at work and at home.

Walking is a simple but highly effective stress management technique that costs nothing and brings increasing, beneficial outcomes.

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