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Walking for just 30 minutes per day is as good for your mental health as it is for the rest of your body. Unfortunately, painful and untreated foot problems are discouraging many people from being active.
A study from The Centre for Mental Health Research, Australia, showed that walking or exercising can help block negative thoughts and alters the level of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
Depression is a very common health problem in the UK affecting around 8-12% of the population in any one year. The research demonstrated that exercise is as helpful as antidepressant medication or social contact.
Some people do not like to walk or exercise because they suffer from foot pain. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat all kinds of foot problems. It would make perfect sense to visit a Podiatrist before you begin any exercise campaign, to ensure feet are in optimum condition.