To walk is to be human. Over the last 6 million years walking has enabled us to travel great distances, while surviving changing climates, environments and landscapes. Today, we also know it to play a beneficial role in our overall health and wellbeing.
If you are keen to adopt a new approach to fitness, looking for a way to enhance your self-care, or simply want a new hobby, walking is the perfect place to start. There are numerous rewards that come from taking as little as 30 minutes from your day to get walking -- a better night’s sleep, a better mindset, to increased fitness level.
Walking also offers numerous health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels, having been shown to improve everything from heart and lung health, to brain power and memory. Another awe-inspiring fact is if done regularly, walking or the equivalent 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, could save 37,000 lives each year.
Still need convincing that the humble walk is more like a superhero in disguise, check out our top 5 benefits of walking below.
Reduces your risk of health conditions
Walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and stroke.
It’s great for your mental health
Physical activity and mental health are often linked, and an increase in exercise can significantly boost your wellbeing. Regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood.
Walking can help you reconnect with nature and the world around you
With so much of our lives now spend online, we’re all guilty of having our head stuck in our phones and laptops. Spending as little as 20 minutes as day outside, at a local park, or simple in the garden makes people happier than those who don’t. Walking also gives you the chance to explore the world around you, which you might otherwise miss when driving or cycling.
It can be a solo activity or a chance to spend time with loved ones
If meditation is something you enjoy, but find sitting in total silence too difficult, why not think of a morning walk as your daily dose of mindfulness? Equally, walking can be a chance to connect with family and friends, the perfect pursuit for any day of the week -- we recommend a picnic or afternoon tea afterwards!
It’s better for the environment
Walking instead of driving means you’re reducing the amount of pollution released into the air, which helps to improve the air quality -- that’s got to be a win, win!
In need of some inspiration for your next outing, the National Trust discovered the nations favourite walks from all over the country.
The UK also boasts some beautiful landscapes and hidden paths that are begging to be explored. So if it’s a scenic view that will get you to grab your walking boots, then check out the top 10 most beautiful walks here.
When it comes to walking, from mountain hikes, to afternoon perambulations along the river, we always make sure we’re wearing cooling comfortable Boody. Here are some of our top Boody picks for your next outing.
Longer, mountainous walks on uneven ground call for a sturdy pair of walking boots, pair with our Work Boot Socks to ensure feet stay comfortable all day long. And on colder hiking days when there’s a chill in the air, our Boody Leggings and Long Sleeve act as an ideal base layer to keep the cold at bay.
Time to put your best foot forward and get in those steps!