May is walking month…and I really think every month should be really BUT we will go with the May walking month and crack on.
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.
Now-a-days we drive a lot and sit round a lot…what happened to good old walk?
I love nothing better than putting my headphones on and going out for a walk and I love seeing other people on my travels too, and whilst we do all move in some way…..I dont think we walk as much as maybe we used too.
I know life and society takes over and we are busier etc..but are we also lazier?
Walking is FREE, its beneficial to both Physical and Mental Health, makes you feel great, connects you with nature and its just about movement
“Walking is a man’s best medicine”, said Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago – and a growing body of scientific evidence suggests he wasn’t wrong.
According to one study of 334,000 people by researchers at the University of Cambridge, just 20 minutes a day cuts your risk of premature death by almost a third.
Yet Public Health England (PHE) has found that four in ten middle-aged adults – six million Britons – are failing to manage even one brisk 10-minute walk a month, increasing their risk of developing potentially fatal illnesses.
For most of us walking is as simple as popping on our shoes and walking away, I know this sent for everyone but I speaking about the masses……yet we dont seem to do a lot of it
You dont have to go on a big hike, it can be as simple as walking up the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus a stop earlier….deciding to walk instead of taking the car (obv were possible)
Get out and walk
Spend time at the weekend with family on a walk
Take the Stairs
Go for a walk on your lunch – get out the office
Whenever I am feeling in a bit of a fuzz nothing sorts me out like a good walk…honestly I love it….it clears my mind, connects me back to my heart and gets me out of the house and out of the space thats frustrating me….plus I feel energized after it and know I have done positive steps for my Health and Wellbeing
Do you like a walk?
I dont mind going out on my own and walking….but if you you are worried about this or would rather do it with someone, reach out to me and you are always welcome to join me (weather permitting like, I like to walk but not in the rain haha)
Walking is soooo good for your Fitness, Health and Mental Wellbeing and its FREE, so why not take it up….you got this
The Health Benefits of Walking are endless….everything from helping fight diseases and increasing life expectancy to increasing confidence and making us feel more energised….come on who doesn’t want these benefits??
I think walking is massively underrated and if people went on a walk on ad daily basis they would notice their life dramatically get better, happier and healthier
Rest & Recovery
Listen to your Body and pay attention to what it is trying to tell you.
When we are in pain – its normally the final straw for the body and the final way to get our attention….HELLLOOOOO!!!
Pain manifests when we ignore the emotional and psychological triggers within our body…..and then BAM pain hits and we have to stop and listen
Training, Working out and all that is great but what about Rest? What about Recovery? Why aren’t these factored into your training program? why do we ignore these and constantly keep pushing our body to the limit?
When we then ignore the pain and push past the barriers and carry on..what happens? injury occurs and its a setback and then this will then affect our mental health as well as our physical,
Being in-tune with our body is so crucial.
Ive been there…ignored, carried o, trained through injuries and pushed past my barriers and take it from me….it doesn’t get you any further along. Im a lot more in-tune with my body now…I listen, I rest when needed, I recover properly and I do what my body needs.
You may be thinking “I dont need a rest…Im a machine” but let me tell you now…even well oiled machines eventually breakdown.
Do you think professional athletes rest and recover?? Damn right they do…so why dont we?? In my eyes anyone that moves in an athlete – so we should be resting
Resting wont make you lose all the results you’ve worked hard for – not resting and looking after your body will do this as you will eventually become ill
If you dont make time for wellness then sooner or later you will need to make time for illness – harsh? but true
Resting is good for our body, physically and mentally…it allows us to destress, focus and reflect and of course give our muscles a well earned rest
Please factor in rest and recovery into your program
Self Care Tip
Quick Self Care Tip
OK So we all follow people on Social Media….and whilst we may follow to initially admire them, a lot of them time we then start to see them in a different light…..we no longer admire them and look up to them, we start to become jealous. Jealous of what they have that we dont, jealous of how they look and jealous of their body’s/lifestyle.
This will then eat away at us, causing us to become miserable, hate on ourselves and spend all our time constantly stalking them and watching everything they do. We start to compare ourselves to others, negative though patterns come in and our self esteem goes down.
Why do we do it to ourselves? In all honesty, we dont even realize we do it…we just suddenly become negative and hating on ourselves and its hard to find out why.
If you feel this way about anyone – whether its family/friends/celeb/influencer….anything like that then you gotta unfollow – this isn’t being nasty – this is essential for your own wellbeing and your own mental state
STOP Following someone who makes you feel less about yourself, who makes your debut who you truely are and makes you constantly put yourself down…OK they may not “personally” be doing it but subconsciously you are being affected
Step back and look at who you follow, be aware of your thoughts when you watch their stuff and unfollow…until you have gained your confidence back
You are amazing and dont deserve to be getting dragged down
This is the day of Social Media and we cant escape it, but you can protect yourself and your mental state