There's no doubt about it: walking offers numerous health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. It improves your wellbeing in many ways, is free and easy and, most important of it all, we can scale it up and down to fit it into your daily exercise routine. And that's why I recommend it to (almost) everyone, from the client who is starting out exercising to the advanced athlete.
So, what's up with walking in nature? I introduced the concept of "deep health" in my Home page as the unique balance in six different but strongly connected areas of our health: physical, emotional, mental, environmental, existential and relational. Turns out that walking in nature in a mindful way, taking in all those sensations and being present on your walk, boosts every single one of those aspects in a subtle but effective way.
It may give you the nudge you need to get moving, having a ripple effect on your training routine, by helping you out to get back on track and enjoy your exercise routine once again.
Let's see why in the following article by Harvard Health Publishing.
Dust off your sneakers and head out to your closest place in nature!
-Environments that promote use of active transport (walking, biking, and public transport use) are known as "active living environments".
-This study shows that "walkability is one of many built environment characteristics that should be considered when trying to understand the relative contribution of the built environment to a person's weight and overall health."