We know that walking can burn calories, ward off obesity and reduce the risk of heart disease -- but your afternoon stroll might also have significant stress-relieving benefits, according to numerous studies. With the arrival of spring (and the start of National Stress Awareness Month), April is the perfect time to get active and healthy by jump-starting a new walking routine. You don't need to run for miles to enjoy the stress-busting benefits of exercise -- moderate-paced walking can reduce tension and anxiety, in addition to providing a number of other health benefits.
In honor of the American Heart Association's National Walking Day on April 3, we've compiled a list of the many ways that walking can reduce stress. Whether it's a slow stroll in the park with friends or a brisk power-walk around the neighborhood, make walking a part of your daily routine to reduce tension and promote feelings of calm.