May is National Walking Month (weather dependent of course). It is a good time to get outside and use people power instead of the horsepower offered by our vehicles. Any shorter journeys you make, try leaving the car at home, and avoiding public transport.
Walking is great for us both mentally and physically, even though it may not always feel like it. It keeps us physically fit and our joints moving. Mentally we get the pleasure of all the different senses picking up different signals. The different sights, sounds, smells and textures of the environment.
There are many reasons to get out and go for a walk whether it be with a four-legged friend, going out with the family or meeting up with friends. You could make a day of it by taking a picnic or stopping off somewhere for lunch and refreshments. The social side can be great for our mental health by reducing people’s loneliness.
Start off small with a few laps around the garden or the house. As walking gets easier gradually build up the amount of walking you do in five-to-ten-minute increases. Before you know it, you will be walking miles.
Slow and steady wins the race, do not feel you need to be walking the same distance as the people around you if it is too much. Do what you are comfortable with, you will soon catch them up and be able to go out together.
Walking is an activity which can be enjoyed by all ages and all abilities. The biggest enjoyment is getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Set yourself a goal this May to be walking more rather than using the car and see how much better you feel afterwards. I’m confident you’ll feel the benefit.