I often go out for walks but when the high temperatures hit us as much as I enjoy the heat and sun ☀️ I wasn’t heading out for many walks, too hot for walking. I didn’t realise how much I missed it or how positive I feel when I walk regularly.
I was out with a friend earlier in the week, it was a bit drizzly, but that didn’t stop us getting out into nature enjoying a walk and also having a good chat. Both very beneficial in this busy life we lead.
I decided to go out again the following evening and saw 2 deer’s 🦌.
I love it when I cross paths with nature, as you can see they got a bit stressed and parted company. I moved on and could hear one of them shouting for the other, I have never heard them and it sounds very similar to a bark. I headed home with a smile on my face.
Benefits of walking
We all hear that walking is good for you and if you can add nature in to this then that adds to the benefit.
I found this on google and I think it is straight to the point –
“Brisk walking boosts endorphins, the feel-good hormones that improve your mood and lower stress and mild depression. … And while countryside walks cannot cure mental illness, the combination of exercise, solitude, quiet and the beauty of the natural world can be incredibly calming and restorative”. 26 April 2014.
I advise getting out for walks where possible and helpful to my clients, especially when working with weight management, but also when working with anxiety, panic, stress and low mood.
NHS benefits of walking here is the NHS guide to walking.
Ways to incorporate walking into everyday life
It doesn’t have to be difficult
- walking part of your journey to work
- walking to the shops
- using the stairs instead of the lift
- leaving the car behind for short journeys or parking further away
- walking the kids to school
- doing a regular walk with a friend
- going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner
Positive ways walking helps you
I have found the benefits of getting out for walks it to makes me feel good and if I am lucky enough to have an encounter with nature along the way then that really puts a smile on my face.
Take yourself out for a walk sometime very soon and see how it lifts your mood.