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Ideas to get walking

Ideas to get walking

Walking for leisure is good for your health and is a great way to enjoy your surroundings.  But how do you get started?  The following ideas might get you going.

York Walking Festival

From 5th to 13th September there are some great resources available, including walking routes, treasure hunts and information about walking groups.




Living Streets have put together a list of 20 things you could try to get you walking more. Like Tip 3: ‘Let nature guide you’.  See how many of these you could tick off.

Download the Try20 checklist




Translated into English as ‘forest bathing’

Shin- Rin- Yoku means taking in the forest atmosphere in a leisurely walk.

  • The therapy developed in the 1980’s in Japan became a cornerstone of Japanese preventative health and healing medicine.
  • Research has shown that spending time among trees creates calming neuro-psychological effects, reducing the Cortisol stress hormone and boosting the immune system.
  • Studies have demonstrated reductions in stress, anger, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness.

How to do it

You simply go for a wander in your local woodland or park.

A few tips:-

  • Leave behind all the things that may distract you such as your phone.
  • Take your time – just wander and allow yourself to go wherever your body takes you.
  • Occasionally stop to look at something more closely, listen to something more clearly, feel something more carefully.
  • Maybe find a nice spot to sit for a while and just enjoy it.
  • Best done alone, but if you do share your wander with someone else, try not talking to each other, and simply  be calm together.