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Take a Walk Outdoors


Walk in nature to combat stress 


By Brittany Doohan 


If you find yourself constantly indoors — from home to car to work — it may be time to step outside. Walking in nature can improve your health — and your stress levels. When you walk in a forest or a park, your immune system gets a boost from an increase in white blood cells. A nature walk also lowers blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Pent up stress can take a big toll your body, which is why it’s important to find time to wind down. Your stress hormones rise all day long; taking even a few moments to walk outside and reconnect with your inner thoughts can help lower those damaging levels. Walking with your family or friends is also a great way to lower your blood pressure and boost your spirits.



Published April 15, 2016. 


Brittany Doohan is a health and lifestyle writer and editor living in San Francisco. 

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Reviewed by Shira Goldenholz, MD, MPH on April 14, 2016.
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