We all know that walking outdoors brings many benefits to your physical health, but did you know that it can also have major benefits for your mental health too? That's why we want to inspire you to get active and start walking outdoors. So, let’s walk you through the benefits.
With all the stresses of daily life it can be hard to find peace and time to really see the world around you. Studies have shown that spending just a small amount of time outdoors each week can help to lift your mood. Step outside, breath in the fresh air and revitalise your spirit. It’s that easy! Walking outside has even been shown to lower rates of anxiety, depression and a negative mood when compared with time spend covering miles on a treadmill inside. It can also boost self-esteem. We know where we’d rather be!
Strengthen the Heart
There are more benefits of walking daily than there are from just walking every now and then. Studies have found that you can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by about 19 percent simply just by walking for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And your risk may reduce even further if you decide to increase the duration and/or distance of your daily walks.
Meet New People
We’re a nation of walkers. The UK is home to 15 national parks mapped by hundreds of scenic trails for you to explore alongside your fellow walkers. From coastal paths and mountainsides to country lanes and local parks, the UK is perfect for outdoor exploration. We recommend searching for local walking groups where you’ll find like-minded people to walk with; you could even consider organised walks and dog walking groups.
Are you looking to improve your fitness but don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on expensive gym memberships or home exercise equipment? Save money and drop those costs by getting into walking. Start with just a few miles each week and build yourself up, the main thing is to get your heartrate up. We firmly believe that walking in green spaces is the best way to enjoy getting fit.
Extend Your Life
Forget slow and steady wins the race! Researchers have found that walking at a faster pace could actually extend your life. Walking at an average pace rather than to a slow pace resulted in a 20 percent reduced risk of death, however, it was found that walking at a brisk or fast pace (of at least 4 miles per hour) reduces the overall risk of death by 24 percent.
So that's just a handful of the health benefits of walking daily. Walking fulfils the daily recommended exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels so there's nothing to stop you from giving it a go. During national walking month we partnered with Ordnance Survey to give walking a go ourselves and so we teamed up with David, a Get Outside Champion from Ordnance Survey, to tackle one of the UK's most popular mountain regions, Snowdonia. David and his family are all about getting out and adventuring as much as possible together and so we wanted to tag along to see what all the fuss was about. Read about our time with David and his family here to see how we got on!