The benefits of walking

a person walking down a dirt road

It is strongly recommended that you do some form of exercise every single day which for some of us seems like a lot but have you thought about walking?

If running isn’t your thing and you don’t have a bike, walking is an amazing form of physical activity as it is free, has many benefits and you can do it whilst adhering to the government guidelines which are as follows: 

  1. You should walk alone or with the members of your household only 

  2. Practise social distancing so make sure that you are at least 3 metres away from other walkers 

So with those in mind, have a look at some benefits of walking

Mental health 

Looking after our mental health is a top priority during this time. Taking your eyes and mind off the news and social media for an hour will give you a really good chance to clear your head.  If you have a green space within a kilometre of your house, why not head that way? If you live in Endcliffe and Ranmoor, you have Endcliffe park on your doorstep. If you are in City Accommodation, you have Crookes Valley park just 10 minutes walk away.  

Physical health

If you don’t enjoy running, don’t worry, walking can keep you fit and healthy just as much! A brisk walk will mean that your heart rate is elevated and you are getting fitter. How do you know that you are getting the physical benefits? It is simple, if you are out of breath but can still talk, that is sufficient to get some benefits.  

Get those rays in 

It has been a long and wet winter, but it seems that the weather has now jumped to a full on summer mode. A walk in the sunshine is guaranteed to lift your mood and get some much needed Vitamin D. 


 If you are not self isolating, there are opportunities to volunteer in your community through your daily walk. Could you pick up a shop for someone in the next block who is self isolating? Not only will you get some extra gains from walking with bags, you will also help someone in need. The NHS also needs volunteers - have a look here if this is something for you

Have an adventure 

In recent years, the word adventure seemed to evolve to mean travelling the world and doing epic things. We don’t quite agree with that definition. We can have a mini adventure even whilst following guidelines on social distancing. Why not wake up early and walk into the sunrise? The sun will rise at 5:53 am in Sheffield tomorrow, so why not make your daily hour of exercise then and see the beauty of a new day? How is that not an adventure! And for that, you don’t even need to go more than a kilometre from where you live. You could change your walk each day and explore the immediate areas of where you live too. 

So grab a pair of trainers or comfortable shoes and enjoy your walk!

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