1) Firstly it is freely available - you don’t need to be fit or young to walk. Taking it at your own pace, even the most unfit of us can gain the benefits of walking, unlike running, which can often be demoralising for people new to exercise. The low-impact nature of walking is kind to your joints and body allowing you to slowly build muscle and fitness without causing damage. What’s more, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found that brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running.
2) Walking is a great natural anti-depressant. Just getting outside usually makes you feel happier and more positive, while the fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your mood. As you walk your body soaks up Vitamin D from the sun, which not only helps keep your bones healthy, but also boosts your happiness levels. Meanwhile, walking itself also helps to raise your endorphin leaves, aiding the reduction in the symptoms of depression.
3) The physical health benefits that come from walking are also impressive. Frequent walking reduces the build up of fat around your middle and tones the muscles in your legs, while also lowering your blood pressure. This significantly lowers your risk of developing a serious illness later in life. If you struggle to get a good night sleep, walking should help with that as well!
4) You get to explore a new place every time you walk. With time to take in the environment and nature around you, you can listen to the birds, pause by a stream or feel revitalised by the salty sea air. All of this gives you a greater awareness and appreciation of your surroundings, making you feel more grounded and present in the moment.
With such benefits to your mental and physical health, it’s hard to find a reason not to start walking. And who knows, that quick stroll during your lunch break might just start something and before you know it you will be trekking the Himalayas!
Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a walking novice, we have a range of walking holidays to suit you, categorised to best suit your level of fitness and experience.