Let’s go for for a walk around Slaithwaite, a little village in West Yorkshire, and talk about some of the reasons why walking is good for you, including a few claims you might not have considered; and just in case you didn’t know, May is National Walking Month 🤔#NationalWalkingMonth
Let’s walk and talk
Apparently walking can help you get over your sweet tooth, and chocolate cravings!
Walking restores your soul, great for clearing the mind and tuning you back into nature. I really believe this is necessary for us and medicinal, in so many ways.
Walking brings relatively little risk of injury, and it can be a great way to grab time to yourself or spend quality time with others, while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.
Free your mind, relieve some tension and breath in that clean fresh air.
Not sure what happened to this wall, but be careful if you’re walking in high winds as that could bring down loose stone unexpectedly, even in the big cities. I’ve seen brick walls in London come down during storms like #StormEunice
More specifically, walking in nature improves your brain’s cognitive ability and inspires feelings of gratitude and mindfulness.
It really helps you let go of day to day trivialities and just appreciate simple joys.
“Walking shifts our outlook on life. We no longer see the glass as half empty. We see a world of infinite possibilities where the sky is not the limit” source
You’re helping to keep carbon emissions down by walking more and having fewer vehicles around creates a quieter environment (arguably).
Walking doesn’t need to cost anything and you can squeeze it into your normal day. For example, if you need to use public transport, try getting on and off a stop sooner and walk, or park your car somewhere that forces you to include a decent walk.
That said, walking also gives us a really good excuse to find new places to go walking and explore.
Apparently, “not swinging your arms when you walk increases the effort of walking by 12%, the equivalent of walking 20% faster or carrying a 10 kg backpack” source
As well as improving memory, you get to stretch the legs, get some fresh air and a dose of nature, why wouldn’t you want to?
Just a 10 min walk can help reduce your risk of stroke, especially if you’re in a job where you’re sat down for most of the day.
“Walking on a rough but level outdoor surface requires 50 percent more energy than walking on a paved road” source
Ending on a slightly wacky note
It would seem there may be people who walk and run backwards and there are alleged benefits to it. This is the first I’m hearing about it. 🤨
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little walk around Slaithwaite, it’s a hilly and scenic Yorkshire village, with plenty of nooks, crannies and scenic surrounding areas to keep you walking all day if ever you’re in the region.
A lot of locals call it Slawit (pronounced more like sloughit).
Take care, and enjoy the simple things today!