Walking became a daily pastime for many people during lockdown – an escape from the four walls of home; a way to get moving; a reason to see a friend. And, whilst we love a full-on HIIT workout here at KBPT, we also enjoy a simple walk along the Regent’s Canal, around Victoria Park or somewhere else.
So, pull on your winter coat and boots (or your gym gear if you’re aiming for a brisk pace) as we find out how an autumn walk can help you to stay both physically and mentally healthy. We also offer a few KBPT tips to help you get the most out of it:
Walking regularly can improve your heart health, lower your blood pressure, help you to lose weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Whilst it’s a low intensity and low impact exercise, it uses lots of different muscles, including your hamstrings, calves and glutes. In fact, one leading physician has described walking as “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug”.
Boost your mood
Many studies have found positive links between being close to nature (e.g. on a walk) and good mental wellbeing. In a 2021 survey by the Mental Health Foundation, for example, 65% of adults in the UK said that the natural environment helps them to have positive emotions, such as calm, wonder and joy, and 44% said it makes them less anxious.
Improve your sleep
Like other forms of exercise, walking can increase melatonin (a natural sleep hormone) and help you to get a better night’s sleep. If you decide to walk first thing in the morning and get exposure to natural light, this also helps to set your circadian rhythm.
KBPT’s walking tips