Walking can help mild to moderate Mental Health Issues as a supplement to your medication or alternative in some cases, it is not only good for the mind but also has a positive effect on your physique and overall fitness levels which will in turn make you feel better about yourself and free your mind when you are out and about.
There are many benefits of physical exercise when it comes to mental health, you don’t need to go too extreme in your fitness regime as this can lead to self harm through fitness, this is well documented but a 30 minute brisk walk a few days a week can make a big difference
Here are some of the benefits you may get from regular exercise :
Below is the map of the walk done today, it was only 2.3 miles long but was over the cliffs and on the coastal path, additionally we have prepared some general information on walking to help you on your way, please read it as it has some great guidelines incase you get into any difficulties.
There are also some nice images I took along the walk that can be seen in the gallery below.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON WALKING
Equipment, Preparation, The Elements & Etiquette
When you go walking common sense plays a part and a general knowledge of your current surroundings. It is essential that you have knowledge of the highway code or the basics of which side of the road to walk on where there are no paths available.
Walking is not exclusively for experienced hikers as it is a function we all do on a daily basis so it is not only enjoyable but is good for your health and also releases endorphins to make you feel better.
If you are young or old there is a walk for you in this area and also wherever you live, there are clubs you can join or if you would like to be alone or with your family it is entirely up to you.
When you do go walking there is some things you should take care of prior to starting your walk and we will cover this in the preparation section as it is very important to be prepared and be as safe as possible on your excursion.
If you take a dog on your walks it is a good idea to find out what livestock is on the route if it includes crossing fields.
Walking is a great pastime but there are certain equipment you should have when going for a walk, you do not need the best of everything and it all depends on the condition of the route you are taking and the weather conditions where can be seen below.
Essential equipment would include :-
- Sturdy shoes or walking boots
- Warm clothing (waterproof if the weather suggests rain is possible)
- A rucksack to carry essential (we will discuss the contents in the preparation section)
- Water or a drink of your choice (Alcohol is not advisable)
- Mobile phone incase of an emergency
If you have such a thing as a sat nav or one on your phone then this is a great addition as the walks on this site include a GPX download which can be imported into many walking applications on most smartphone applications such as WalkMeter on Apple iOS.
Being prepared for a walk is essential, you never know what you will come across or how the weather conditions will change whilst you are out on your walk.
Firstly we will go through the contents of your rucksack :-
- Fluids (plenty incase of emergency) if you have a quality rucksack you can carry a water bag with a builtin dispenser.
- Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket and leggings if you have some.
- A torch or headlamp.
- Medications if you are on any such as Asthma Pumps, EpiPens, Insulin Pen or any other prescriptions you are on incase you get lost along your way.
- Food, either a packed lunch if you are on a long walk, some energy bars and some fruit, fruit will not only fill you up but will also give you essential vitamins.
- If you are taking a dog then take a water bowl, dog poo bags and maybe some food depending on the length of your walk.
Always let someone know that you are going out walking and tell them the area or location you are going to be walking in, additionally tell them your departure time and the approximate time you expect to return as this could prove vital if something goes wrong or you become ill along the way.
It is always a good idea to use the toilet before setting off as nobody likes being caught short on a walk.
Take a mobile phone with you incase of an emergency, the phone is for your convenience and if you do not want to take calls then either ignore or take the call to let them know you are on a walk and you are ok, alway make sure your phone is charged also.
Not all phones work in all areas so if you become ill or hurt you can call the emergency number 112 or 999 as it will pick up a signal from other networks and put you in touch with emergency services.
If you are taking a dog with you then always keep it on a lead as if the dog runs off or becomes scared and bolts it can take you off your route and render you lost or on unsteady terrain.
When entering a field with livestock in it always pays to be weary as some animals may attack, if this happens then be prepared and plan an exit route before entering the field.
The last bit of advice is to use your common sense, do not go to close to edges of steep decline and think before you take actions.
On your return always let the person you told you were going for a walk you are back safe, if not the emergency services may be called in error.
When walking it is good to have etiquette in mind, it costs nothing to be polite and courteous towards others and if you go missing or become ill they may know where you was last seen and what condition you were in.
Some people you meet along the way may have local knowledge and if they are coming from the opposite direction they may be able to tell you of any challenges lay ahead and prior warning will prepare you for any situation ahead.
Littering is a big problem in the countryside so please take yours home with you, it is a good idea to take a plastic bag with you to store any of your litter in your rucksack.
If you are taking a dog along with you then please take a dog poo bag with you as nobody wants to step in dog mess along any walk.
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