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Why walking makes you feel brighter

21 October 2016

The mere act of putting one foot in front of the other for a few minutes has a significant beneficial impact on our mood, regardless of where we do it, why we do it, or what effect we expect the walk to have.

That’s according to a new study discussed on our Research Digest blog.

The study claims to be the first to strip away all the confounds typically associated with exercise research - social contact, fresh air, nature, the satisfaction of reaching fitness goals, the expectation of the activity being beneficial - to show that the simple act of walking, in and of itself, is a powerful mood lifter.

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