At a time where many people are finding lockdowns, restrictions and working from home a challenge, walking is a great tool in improving your mental wellbeing.
Walking offers huge benefits both physically and mentally. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, sleep quality, and helps reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed recover. Walking also helps boost your mood because it increases blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and the body.
Being out in nature also offers additional benefits to your mental health as it offers us fresh air and allows us to be 'present'.
Over 60% of adults have stated that their mental health has gotten worse since the global pandemic started with loneliness being the key factor. We look to host a weekly group walk which lasts approximately two hours and offers those who come along the opportunity to enjoy time in nature and to socialise with other participants. Walking and talking are two powerful tools that allow people to take charge of their mental health.
Walking with others can have an enormous benefits to your mental health. Physical exercise combined with positive social interactions can also help to improve negative moods, fight off depression, and improve self-esteem.
If you are interested in joining us for a walk, all our walking dates and starting points are posted on our social media pages. Head over to facebook or twitter now and find out when our next walk is. Why not bring a friend along with you?