We all know the benefits of walking outdoors can have on your physical health, but did you also know it can have huge benefits on your mental health too? With National Walking Month underway, we’ve teamed up with the British Lung Foundation 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 depression when compared with time spend covering miles on a treadmill inside. Know where we’d rather be!
Chance to Meet 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 pounds by getting into walking. Start with just a few miles each week and build yourself up, the main thing is to get your heart-rate up. We firmly believe that walking in green spaces is the best way to enjoy getting fit.
Show Your Support with a Sponsored Walk this Summer
To celebrate the joy of walking this Summer, Millets is proud to support the British Lung Foundation’s Take Steps campaign. This amazing UK charity is looking after the nation’s lungs by investing in life-saving research and campaigning for cleaner air. Join them this summer by lacing up your walking boots and heading outdoors; each step really can make a difference. For people with a lung condition, walking isn’t easy. By Taking Steps this summer you’ll be showing your support for those who find every breath a struggle.
By signing up to the Take Steps Campaign and confirming a date for your walk before the deadline on 31st May, we will enter you into a prize draw for the chance to win a pair of Brasher walking boots. Not got time to organise your own walk? Join the BLF’s flagship 10k organised walk at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.
Learn more about signing up today right here!