Well, this is my introductory post as The Wellbeing Warrior, and so I’ll start where the whole idea of this blog began.
Around two years ago, a bundle of chocolate joy bounced into our lives. Lucy our delightful and very loving Chocolate Labrador has become a very important pooch, and our house is a healthier place for her. This is because, not only does she offer unconditional love, she is also a guarantee that you will get outside for at least two decent walks a day. This is not to detract from how wonderful Lucy her-hoochie-self is, but as it has been widely covered in the world’s media, dogs are a natural antidepressant.
Twice a day we go through a ritual of preparing for rain or sunshine and enjoying a walk in the elements together. We walk for at least 30 minutes, and there are a huge number of health benefits of walking. Walking is great exercise as it gets the heart going, and in fact, burns more fat than running which falls under cardio. It is good for your brain, particularly if you sit in an office all day, it clears the mind and reduces stress. It is also ideal for all ages and sizes to start towards a healthier lifestyle, and best of all – it’s free!
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
In addition to all these benefits, it requires little financial investment; granted a good pair of trainers or walking boots if venturing on a longer hike, but all in all, it’s your own two feet that are the fundamentals.
I defy anyone who says they feel worse after a romp around the woods or stroll along the beach, walking with my dog is one of my favourite things to do, and is only improved by the addition of Mr H.
So next time you need to clear your head or escape from a stuffy office, take a turn about the block, or find your nearest open space and enjoy 10 minutes of walking in fresh air.
Let me know how you get on… it’s time for Lucy’s afternoon walk.