We've known for a while now that walking is good for us - it's good for our knees and hips, it's good for our overall physical fitness and now studies are confirming that walking is good for our cognitive abilities - our ability to learn, to think, to create and to problem solve. I think we probably knew it, but now it's official!
Going for a walk outdoors on a lovely sunny day is a wonderful thing to do, especially if you are with friends or family. Catching up on each other's news, having a laugh and a chat encourages your brain to release endorphins, the neurotransmitters that regulate our mood. So little wonder you end up feeling happy, relaxed and less stressed! Enjoying the company of others while you walk can also help you to feel less vulnerable and lonely, and, of course, if it's pre-arranged it's more likely that you will go rather than cancel. Here at De Ville's we love a walk, and usually manage it so we end up at a coffee shop - well, it's always important to have a goal!
As well as being sociable and fun there are other benefits to that lovely outdoor walk, too:
you don't need any special equipment, though we would recommend sensible shoes and having a storm jacket with you, just in case (we've been caught out once or twice!).
it's low impact.
it burns calories so can help with your weight management programme. It's difficult to quantify how many calories because it depends very much on your weight, how fast you walk and the terrain you walk through but as a rough guide it's generally considered that 10,000 steps will burn around 500 calories.
we've already mentioned that it improves your brain function and mood, but it also boosts your immune function, making you less susceptible to colds and other illnesses.
a 30 minute brisk walk 5 times a week can help to improve your fitness levels and reduce your risk of chronic illness like heart disease and diabetes.
going for a walk when you feel tired is a great way to boost your energy levels - it's true - because it releases energy lifting hormones.
It's great to walk outdoors and we highly recommend it, but what if you can't walk far or you don't want to go out on your own, or maybe the weather is horrible or you just want help to increase your daily step count?
Well, we love walking so much we have an indoor online walking fitness class! Our Walkie Talkie workout is low impact and fun and can be done anywhere, at any time. We do a live timetabled class in the Zoom Room, but once you are a member there are workouts available in our on demand library for you to take with you wherever you go. It's loosely choreographed - so somewhere between boring and dancing - and in a 30 minute session we aim to get in around 3000 steps so fantastic for getting your step count up.
What's not to love! If you are interested in joining our walking fitness class (or any of our other classes!) why not get in touch or head over to our website and book in with code TRYIT to start today!