The physical benefits of walking are well known – weight management, increased levels of cardiovascular fitness and reduced risk of serious illnesses to name a few.

But did you also know that putting your best foot forward could play a major part in improving your mental health?

Studies have shown that stress, anxiety and fatigue can all be reduced when you commit to stretching your legs. Walking can also have a positive effect on self-esteem and sleep quality.

When you walk regularly, you’re less likely to become depressed and for those already experiencing depression, this gentle yet effective form of exercise can help you to recover.

So, what are the best ways to make sure both body and mind are getting the most out of your daily constitutional?

Walk in the morning

A morning walk is a great way to boost your energy for the rest of the day. Mentally, exercising first thing can help to prepare you for the day ahead, ‘jump starting’ you into feeling much more organised, refreshed and raring to go.

Embrace nature

The calming beauty of a natural environment can do wonders for your mental wellness. And breathing fresher air will stimulate production of your body’s natural mood booster - serotonin. So, aim to stroll through your local park, woodlands or along a river.

Practise mindfulness

Staying in the moment – mindfulness – is a proven way to reduce anxiety and increase emotional resilience. Use your daily walk to observe what’s happening around you or to focus on your breathing and watch your mental health take an upturn.

Take a friend

Good relationships are key to enjoying mental wellness and walking is a great chance to bond with friends and loved ones. A walk can be wonderful therapy, providing precious time to chat, vent, seek advice or engage in ‘the best medicine’ – laughter!

A Places for People home offers plenty of nearby walking routes to enhance your wellbeing. From a brisk march to the local shops to a full day’s ramble through the surrounding countryside, our cleverly designed communities have something for everyone.

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At Places for People we create homes to meet your needs.

Whether it's a one-bedroom city apartment on a historic site in central Edinburgh, or a large family home in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside, we have a fantastic range of homes to choose from.

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