Weekly Mindful Walk
Start point: Staveley Mill Yard Carpark
Walk info: approx 4 miles.
£6 All adults welcome
Wear: Layers, Waterproofs, Boots
Bring: Bottle of water, snack, walking poles (if required)
Guided by Mountain Leader and Yogic Mindfulness Teacher.
Mindful Walks in the low fells and forests around Staveley. Walk with a friendly group of like-minded people, guided in mindful activities and a few yogic stretches as we go along. These walks are on mostly flat or undulating paths. The pace will be moderate and based on those attending. For parts of the walk we shall explore brisk walking (but slow enough to be able to talk), whilst doing some mindfulness exercises we may walk at a slower speed.
Health benefits of walking include:
Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
Brisk walking boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Through the production of feel-good endorphins, walking can improve mood and self-esteem
Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
Stronger bones and improved balance
Increased muscle strength and endurance
Reduced body fat.
Benefits of being outdoors
Boosts energy. One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost
Improves vision. Research shows those who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop nearsightedness.
Boosts immune system. Breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants—increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases.
Helps Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spending time outside can lessen SAD’s severity—even if the weather’s cold or overcast.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for a well-functioning body. It helps us absorb calcium, it prevents osteoporosis, and it reduces inflammation, among other things. We get more than 90 percent of our vitamin D from casual exposure to sunlight.
De-stress. A number of studies have found time outdoors to relieve stress, and also improve memory and attention: Even when it's cold, taking a walk outside can improve memory and attention span by up to 20 percent.
Benefits of minfulness
Reduced stress levels
Boosts to working memory
Less emotional reactivity
More cognitive flexibility