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GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 10: An overweight person walks through Glasgow city centre on October 10, 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland. According to government health maps published today, people in the north of England lead less healthy lifestyles compared to those in the south. The United Kingdom is also the fattest country in Europe, according to a new study of obesity rates to be released today. The "Health Profile of England" report, compiled from government data, said some 24 percent of people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are obese. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

If you’re searching for a hobby with tons of benefits for your physical and mental health and doesn’t require a monthly membership, you simply cannot beat walking. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends, you can take a short or a long one, and it’s an activity that’s been approved by some of the greatest minds ever. Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Aristotle all loved a good walk to help them generate ideas. But that’s not all they’re good for.

  • Health Benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared moderate-to-vigorous activity, like walking, is shown to improve sleep, thinking, learning, and reduces symptoms of anxiety. According to journalist Ferris Jabr, while we walk or brain cells build new connections and which also improves our memory and attention.
  • Walk for productivity. Need a boost at work? Consider taking it with you on the sidewalk. Schedule a meeting with a client where you can walk and talk at the same time and you might be surprised at all the ideas you’ll be firing at them. Or if you’re worried your breathiness might scare away business, simply take your phone with you on a walk and use the time to brainstorm. Record your fresh thoughts using your phone’s voice recording and then start working on them when you get home!
  • Walk for connection. If walking alone and self-reflection is what you’re into, that’s totally cool. But if you’re more of a people-person, take a friend with either in person or via your phone. Work on your brain cell connections and your social life connections at the same time!

Source: Harvard Business Review