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Step into Nature: The power of walking and joining a walking group for mental and physical health

Date: 06 June 2023

Author: The Humber Recovery and Wellbeing College Team

Have you ever felt the calming effect of a gentle breeze on your face or the uplifting sensation of sunlight filtering through the trees? Nature has a remarkable way of soothing our souls and revitalizing our spirits. And what better way to immerse yourself in nature's embrace than by going for a walk? Walking in nature not only offers physical benefits but also has a profound impact on our mental well-being. And when you join a walking group, the benefits multiply.

Walking in nature is a simple yet powerful activity that can promote both mental and physical health. The rhythmic movement of putting one foot in front of the other releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones that boost mood and reduce stress. As you stroll amidst the beauty of natural surroundings, your mind can find solace from the daily hustle and bustle, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate.

Research has consistently shown that spending time in nature can reduce anxiety, depression, and improve overall mental health. The serenity and tranquillity of natural environments provide a much-needed respite from the constant stimulation of modern life. Being surrounded by green spaces, trees, and open skies can help alleviate stress, lower blood pressure, and enhance cognitive function. It's a natural therapy available to all of us, waiting to be discovered.

But what makes joining a walking group even more special?

When you walk with others who share a passion for nature and well-being, the experience becomes enriched. Walking in a group offers a sense of camaraderie, connection, and support. It's an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, form meaningful friendships, and engage in conversations that uplift and inspire.

In a walking group, you can freely express your thoughts and feelings, knowing that you're in a safe, non-judgmental space. Sharing stories and experiences can foster a sense of belonging and alleviate feelings of isolation. The group dynamic encourages accountability, motivation, and exploration. It pushes you to challenge yourself, try new routes, and expand your horizons.

When you join a walking group, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Trained leaders can guide you through trails, pointing out hidden gems and providing valuable insights about the location. You may discover interesting historical facts, or simply find joy in appreciating the beauty that surrounds you. Walking becomes an educational and enriching experience.

East Riding Wellbeing walks with Humber Recovery College.

The Humber Recovery and Wellbeing College, in partnership with Mental Health Mates, is excited to announce the launch of their East Riding wellbeing walking group. As the warmer weather approaches, this is the perfect opportunity to venture outdoors, engage in a social activity, and improve your mental and physical health. By collaborating with other local groups, we have developed a series of easily accessible walks designed to promote overall well-being and provide a platform for meeting like-minded individuals

Each walking group will be led by a fully trained Recovery and Wellbeing Practitioner who will ensure a safe and supportive environment. The groups will be non-judgmental spaces where participants can freely express themselves and engage in open conversations about mental health.

Here are the dates and locations for the upcoming walks:

  • Driffield - June 12, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Goole - June 19, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Beverley - June 26, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Hornsea - July 3, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Bridlington - July 10, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00
  • Withernsea - July 17, 2023, from 13:00 to 15:00

The chosen locations for these walks have been carefully selected to offer diverse scenery and accessible routes, ensuring that everyone can participate regardless of their fitness level or experience. 

So, why wait?

Take the first step towards a healthier mind and body. Register online now to book your place on our walking group, mark your calendar, and prioritize your well-being. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, let the rhythm of your footsteps calm your mind, and let the beauty of the world around you inspire your soul.

Remember, the power of walking and joining a walking group goes beyond the physical benefits. It's about connecting with nature, connecting with others, and ultimately, connecting with yourself. Let nature be your therapist, and let the walking group be your community. Together, you can embark on a journey of self-discovery, wellness, and joy. Happy walking!

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the East riding wellbeing walks flyer