Walking can play a major role in lifting your mood. It helps to release endorphins, or “feel‐good” chemicals in the brain. Walking may also help in the fight against depression. How walking can improve your mood.
Enjoy the lovely Wiltshire countryside, parks and open spaces. There is clear evidence that walking in green spaces helps reduce stress and sadness. Even walking in town and observing the beauty of people’s gardens can bring a smile to your face.
Walking can be a really social event. Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Walking for Health’s weekly local walks combine walking with building friendships. It always ends with a cuppa – and it’s free! For details see Get Wiltshire Walking.
No special kit needed!
To start with you can use any shoes or trainers that are comfortable, provide adequate support and don’t cause blisters. If you progress to walking on uneven ground then investing in walking boots or shoes with good support is advisable.
No time, too busy?
Try and build additional steps into your daily routine. Get off the bus a stop early, use the toilet upstairs at home or on a different floor at work, park in the far corner of the car park, walk round the house as you chat on the phone. Every step counts and improves your fitness and well being.
How much is enough? Gradually increase the distance you walk.10 minute walk.
You can download the Active 10 app here.
A 10 minute daily Mindful Walking practice
Walking meditation gives us an opportunity to gather our awareness which so often becomes distracted or stuck. When walking anywhere, it can guide us out of a distracted autopilot mode.